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WELCOME TO

AFRICA

Hot-air balloon ride over the North West Province © SAT Tourism, Gerard Turnley Photography

Creativity flourishes when one’s surroundings inspire innovation, leapfrog thinking and a desire to create memories that last. In Africa, a continent comprising 53 vastly different countries, the boundaries of creativity are stretched daily. Some of humanity’s most progressive ideas, visionary leaders, next-generation inventions and collective knowledge sprang from Africa and are shared with the world. Africa, the birthplace of humanity, and in South Africa, where the actual Cradle of Humankind can be visited, have emerged spectacularly as the destination to host a business event. For an association conference of 20 000 delegates, to a meeting of 10 members of the C-Suite, a gala function for industry elite, and an incentive trip for topperforming team members, let the professionalism, experience and expertise bring your event to vivid life. Enhanced by its state-of-the-art venues and facilities, South Africa today can meet the demands of any business event and will consistently deliver an impeccable result. - Lance Gibbons, Publishing Editor


CONTENTS 03 07 08 10 13 14 16 18 21 26 46 56 58 60 62 66 68 72 74 76 78 80 82 86 88 90 92 94 95 96 98

Couple enjoying an elegant safari and dining experience Š SAT Tourism

Welcome to Africa Meet in Africa Plan your Trip Business Events in South Africa Essential Info Conferences: Africa Bridges the Knowledge Divide Exhibitions: Global Exhibitions in Africa Incentive Travel: Memories Made in Africa Meetings: The Intersection of Ideas Venues in Africa PCOs, DMCs and Suppliers in Africa Showcasing Africa Gauteng: SA’s Business Epicentre KwaZulu-Natal: Vibrant Event Host Western Cape: The Worldwide Phenomenon Southern Africa: For World-Class Meetings East Africa: Tourism Leader West Africa: Reports Steady Growth Central Africa: Ideal for Smaller Events North Africa: Favourable Proximity The Dynamics of the Supply Chain Growing the Knowledge Economy Business Events of the Future Winning Incentive Strategies Conferences to Diarise in 2018 Exhibitions and Events to Diarise in 2018 The Iceberg: Join the Revolution Convention Bureaus Industry Associations in Southern Africa Advertisers Directories A-Z


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MEET IN AFRICA

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MEET IN AFRICA Top 10 Reasons to Host Your Event in Africa 1. Value for Money Many countries in Africa has relatively weak currencies when compared with the Euro, the US dollar, and the British Pound. This works in the favour of international clients, who spend far less on their business event than they normally would in other leading destinations. 2. Expertise Professional Conference Organisers and Event Planners, particularly in South Africa, have decades of experience in the planning, facilitating, designing and roll out of major business events. Global events such as COP 17, the World Economic Forum and many others on a massive scale have all been successfully held on the African continent. 3. Pre and Post Tours Get lost in the labyrinthine souks of Marrakech,

The St Regis Mauritius Resort © Starwood Hotels

explore the technological metropolis of Nairobi, soak up the local flavour in one of Cape Town’s many street markets, catch a glimpse of the

Town and the Western Cape are home to

8. Ease of Access

Big 5 on safari in the Kruger National Park, or

some of the most technologically advanced

All major airlines fly to South Africa,

simply let one of Africa’s multitude of travel

convention centres on the planet, with

including Qatar, Emirates, Virgin, Cathay

planners create a unique itinerary for you

bountiful accommodation options to suit any

Pacific, Qantas, British Airways, Etihad,

that is bound to leave a lasting impression.

budget. Durban’s eclectic charm is coupled

Iberia, Swiss Airways, Lufthansa, United

with its world-class connectivity, and it’s label

Airlines, Delta Airlines, KLM, Air France,

as one of the world’s first “Smart Cities”.

Turkish Airlines, Air China, Ethiopian

4. Natural Beauty No continent can boast the diversity of

Airways, Singapore Airlines and Alitalia.

natural splendour that Africa has. Think Table

6. Legacy

Mountain, the rugged shores of KwaZulu-

Bed nights and visitor spend is truly the

9. Culture

Natal, Johannesburg’s inspiring skyline,

tip of the iceberg in terms of legacy.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that

the Eastern Cape’s untouched coastlines,

Social, environmental, developmental

one visit to Africa as a business delegate

Cape Town’s iconic Waterfront, Mount

and cultural legacies are taking the fore.

nearly always results in a return visit with

Kilimanjaro and Meru, the imposing Atlas

Event planners are increasingly looking to

family and friends. Each of Africa’s 53

mountains and endless deserts of Morocco,

factors beyond immediate financial spend

countries is infused with its own unique

the beaches of the Seychelles and Zanzibar,

to gauge the true value of events.

culture, and each has its own inherent charm.

of Kenya and Tanzania, and the astounding

7. Shared Economies

10. Wining and Dining

majesty of the mighty Victoria Falls.

Collaboration and the spirit of Ubuntu

The Western Cape is home to the longest,

- a quality that includes the essential human

and arguably most-beautiful, wine route

5. World-Class Infrastructure

virtues; compassion and humanity – are

in the world. Our fine-dining regularly

Sandton, the business hub of Johannesburg,

essential to creating shared economies.

make the World’s Best lists around the

is commonly known as the richest square

Knowledge is a priceless commodity,

world. For mouthwatering dining options,

mile in Africa. It’s a must-visit destination for

and business events are the key to

look no further than Africa, the continent

both business and leisure travellers. Cape

building these shared economies.

on the rise.

the verdant jungles of Rwanda, the savannahs


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FLIGHT TIMES: PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO AFRICA

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QUICK CURRENCY REFERENCE: 1 US Dollar

R11.09

1 British Pound

R16.79

1 Chinese Yuan

R1.88

1 Euro

R14.79

1 Brazilian Real

R3.76

1 Indian Rupee

R0.19

NEW YORK: 16 HRS

FLIGHT TIMES

PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO AFRICA

RIO DE JANEIRO: 9 HRS


FLIGHT TIMES: PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO AFRICA

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LONDON: 11 HRS FRANKFURT: 12 HRS

SHANGHAI: 15 HRS

HONG KONG: 13 HRS

DUBAI: 8 HRS MUMBAI: 9 HRS

ADDIS ABABA: 5 HRS 30 MINS

LAGOS: 6 HRS

DAR ES SALAAM: 3 HRS 30 MINS

JOHANNESBURG DURBAN CAPE TOWN

PERTH: 12 HRS

*Some international flights are not direct. Flight times are approximate.


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BUSINESS EVENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Meetings Africa 2017 © Reg Caldecott

BUSINESS EVENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

A

frica has thrown off the shackles

the number of international visitors have

African Tourism, is the leading platform

of its past, and emerged as a

increased year on year. South Africa is

for African products and services to

continent that is revolutionising

firmly among the upper echelon of global

market themselves to the local and

the business-events industry.

destinations for business and pleasure.

international business-events market.

Home to 53 countries, many of which

International association conferences

Meetings Africa showcases South Africa

are global powerhouses in the fields of

are big business in South Africa.

as a destination that hosts world-class

medicine, technology, finance, tourism and

Forward-thinking associations regularly

conferences, exhibitions, meetings and

engineering. Africa is truly open for business.

choose South Africa as the host of

incentives and also where business-

their prestigious rotating conferences,

event professionals share ideas and

South Africa can proudly proclaim that

and these events leave a profound and

encourage innovation in the sector.

it is an ever-popular, and increasingly

crucial legacy in their chosen industry.

At its southern tip, the country of

in-demand destination for business and

A number of high-profile local

Africa’s Travel Indaba is another permanent fixture on the calendar of

leisure travellers alike. The official statistics

exhibitions aimed at boosting the

major tourism events. It is Africa’s top

show that an individual that visits South

business-event industries in Africa

travel and tourism exhibition in the

Africa on a business trip is almost certain

are among the must-attend events for

Southern Hemisphere and allows

to return with his or her family as a leisure

international travel professionals:

stakeholders to keep abreast of global

traveller. Such is the enduring appeal of

Meetings Africa, brought to you by

trends and new developments within the

the country. This appeal, coupled with a

the South Africa National Convention

tourism and travel industry. Delegates can

very attractive exchange rate, means that

Bureau (SANCB), a business unit of South

meet industry stakeholders and decision


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BUSINESS EVENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Africa’s Travel Indaba © JP Crouch Photography

Meetings Africa 2017 © Reg Caldecott

Meetings Africa showcases South Africa as a destination that hosts world-class conferences, exhibitions, meetings and incentives and also where business-event professionals share ideas and encourage innovation in the sector.

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makers face-to-face and conduct business

Creative Industries

with new and existing clients. Visitors

South Africa’s creative industries are

can also meet with over 1 200 exhibitors

growing and becoming more competitive

Life Sciences

from a diverse range of destinations and

in international markets. In addition, this

The strength of South Africa’s health and

industry sectors, and network with key

sector helps promote the South African

medical establishments is recognised the

decision makers and stakeholders on

brand around the glove. Key segments

world over. Events in the following areas

an exciting and informative platform.

include film and video, music, and crafts.

should be developed: medical specialties,

The South Africa National Convention Bureau has focused its efforts on attracting business events from these key sectors:

Business Process Outsourcing

Information and Communication Technology

technology, and minerals beneficiation.

biotechnology and medical devices. With a wealth of Professional Conference Organisers, Destination Management

Clearly the leader in information and

Companies, Exhibition Management

communication in Africa, South Africa’s

Companies and Incentive Travel Programme

South Africa is in a position to attract and

reputation in the domain is improving

Organisers on hand to provide bidding

develop outsourcing and offshore support

annually. Key areas include software

assistance, sponsorship services, marketing

activities, particularly in financial services,

development, electronic financial

and communications, coordination efforts,

insurance, telecoms, after-sales and IT.

applications and fraud prevention.

destination selection, design services,

Manufacturing

Mining and Metals

South Africa excels in a number of

South Africa is one of the world’s leaders

more; your next memorable event is

areas of manufacturing that include

in mining and a leading source of minerals.

just a phone call or email away.

automotive, chemicals, pharmaceuticals,

Key areas for development are precious

agri-processing, electronics and biofuels.

metals and minerals, mining expertise and

workshops and webinars, event logistics, budget preparation, team building and

Let Africa show you what its capable of, and prepare to be amazed.


turning business into pleasure BUSINESS

D E S T I N AT I O N S

TRAVEL AWARDS

The Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau is an independent body dedicated to promoting and marketing the region’s many business tourism facilities, capabilities and assets, both nationally and internationally. As such, we are perfectly equipped to help plan delegates’ itineraries and provide marketing collateral, while offering relevant on-site event support and assisting meeting planners to create a unique experience. Committed to transforming Durban and KwaZulu-Natal into South Africa’s premier meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions destination, we can provide organisers, planners and business tourists with the latest information and unbiased advice.

Whether you require assistance with planning and organising your conference in Durban or anywhere else in KwaZuluNatal, information on accommodation and places of interest or simply want to provide feedback on your experience to an independent source, the Durban Convention Bureau is your first port of call.

www.durbankzncb.co.za address: PO Box 2516, Durban, 4000, South Africa tel: +27 31 366 7577/00 email: conventions@durbankzncb.co.za


ESSENTIAL INFO

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ESSENTIAL INFO Despite its location at the southernmost tip of Africa, South Africa is by far one of the most convenient countries on the continent to visit. Not only does it provide easy of access to an exciting mix of attractions, sights and other activities, but locals are willing to help you every step of the way. Here’s a basic guide to all you need to know when travelling to SA.

ABOUT THE COUNTRY South Africa spans across 1.22 million km2 and is made up of nine provinces: • Eastern Cape • Free State • Gauteng • KwaZulu-Natal • Limpopo • Mpumalanga • North West • Northern Cape • Western Cape The main cities of interest in SA are: • Cape Town, Western Cape, is known as the Mother City and is home to Table Mountain. • Johannesburg, Gauteng, is a business hub and is aptly named the City of Gold. • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is home to golden beaches and is a surfer’s paradise. • Pretoria, Gauteng, is the country’s administrative capital and knowledge hub. • Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, is a city known for its hospitality and beautiful beaches. • Bloemfontein, Free State, holds a wealth of history and is known as the City of Roses. • Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, is the gateway to the Kruger and is a thriving Lowveld city. • Kimberley, Northern Cape, is a historic diamond town and is home to the Great Hole. • Polokwane, Limpopo, is a mystical, peaceful place of scenic eco-adventures. • Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, is cherished for its history and picturesque countryside.

TOURISM INFORMATION SA Tourism: www.southafrica.net Durban Tourism: www.experiencedurban.co.za Joburg Tourism: www.joburgtourism.com Western Cape Tourism: www.goto.capetown

Durban © SA Tourism

AIR, ROAD AND RAIL ACCESS South Africa has three major international airports, and a number of smaller connecting airports where visitors can reach outlying regions. The main international airport is OR Tambo in Johannesburg, followed by Cape Town International and King Shaka in Durban. Vehicle rentals in South Africa are fairly easy to procure, with most rental companies conveniently located near airports or in cities’ central business districts. A host of reliable metered taxis abound, including Uber. For those who wish to explore with the help of public transport systems, major cities offer rail and bus travel such as Gautrain, Metrorail, and MyCiti buses. The brave are welcome to travel with the vibrant local taxis, however should maintain caution as this mode of transportation can be unreliable at times.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS • Emergency – National: 10111 • Emergency – Cell Phone: 112 • Emergency – Ambulance: 10177 It is advised that you have the following information available when making an emergency call: • The nature of the emergency • Exact location of the incident (including nearby landmarks) • The details about any injuries and possible suspects • Your personal information

PRACTICAL INFORMATION • Money: The Rand is the official currency of SA. As of January 2018, one US Dollar was equivalent to R11.09. Most major international credit cards are accepted in SA. Forex desks are situated at most airports and retail banks. • Health: SA has a well-developed healthcare system with public and private hospital services. Most of SA is malaria free except the Kruger and northern KZN. • Electricity: The local electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50HZ and is available almost everywhere. The country uses 3 round pin plug sockets. • Accessibility: Major hotel chains and attractions offer facilities for travellers with disabilities. • Safety: Most visits to SA are trouble free; however travellers should keep an eye on belongings in crowded places and be sensible when outdoors after dark. • Weather: SA has long sunny days throughout the year with most of the country experiencing some rainfall in summer. The Western Cape has a mild, Mediterranean climate.

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CONFERENCE BUSINESS IN AFRICA

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CONFERENCES: AFRICA BRIDGES THE KNOWLEDGE DIVIDE

C

onferences form an integral

multitude of award-winning professional

association conferences in the fields

part of the exchange of

conference organisers that are based here.

of medicine, biology, finance, mining,

knowledge. They facilitate

Add to this Africa’s unparalleled beauty,

technology, agriculture, and many more.

the flow of ideas, trends,

unmatched accommodation offerings and

Elizabeth Thabete, South Africa’s

insights and facts between individuals

the inherent charm of the continent, and you

Deputy Minister of Tourism, says that

and groups, in a setting that provides all

have a recipe for a memorable conference.

“high-profile events have put South Africa

the necessary comforts and amenities.

Africa is home to a plethora of conference

on the map as an exciting and cost-

The world’s preeminent minds regularly

and convention centres that compete

effective option for meetings, incentives,

choose a venue in Africa as the destination

easily with leading venues around the

conventions and exhibitions. We have

for their conference or convention, not

world. In South Africa alone, the business

all the infrastructure, technical capacity,

just for its world-class locales, but for

hubs of Cape Town, Johannesburg,

expertise and experience that’s needed,

the expertise offered by the national

Tshwane and Durban have first-rate

not to mention extremely welcome,

and regional convention bureaus and the

venues that regularly play host to major

service-oriented and capable people.”

Durban ICC


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Delegates during Committee I at CITES CoP17. Photo by IISD/Kiara Worth

Africa is home to a plethora of conference and convention centres that compete easily with leading venues around the world. In South Africa alone, the business hubs of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tshwane and Durban have first-rate venues that regularly play host to major association conferences in the fields of medicine, biology, finance, mining, technology, agriculture, and many more.

South Africa’s excellent track record in

Site Inspection Support, Convention Planning

international events has seen it host meetings

Support, Delegate Boosting Support and

such as COP17, the 5th BRICS Summit,

On Site Event Services. Event organisers,

and the World Economic Forum. Cape

association secretariats and PCOs are

Largest Conference Centres in South Africa

Town is a member of the BestCities Global

encouraged to connect with the SANCB

• Johannesburg Expo Centre

Alliance, which delivers the best professional

early in the planning phase, in order to fully

• Cape Town International

practices and services to congress planners.

benefit from their exceptional services.

Other city members include Berlin, Bogota,

Africa is the perfect destination

Convention Centre • Sandton Convention Centre • Century City Conference

Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh,

to leave a legacy, and the legacies

Houston, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and

created by conferences have a worth

Vancouver. The Alliance has established

far more than the mere financial aspect.

the industry’s first global client Service

Knowledge sharing, capacity building,

Charter to guarantee meeting planners

and societal transformation all form

• Gallagher Convention Centre

and association executives service

part of the legacies left by purposeful

• Tshwane Events Centre

levels built around reliability, assurance,

engagement. The power of conferences

• CSIR International Convention Centre

innovation, empathy and responsiveness.

and conventions cannot be overstated.

• Sun City

The South Africa National Convention

When planning your next association

Centre and Hotel • Durban International Convention Centre

• Emperors Palace

Bureau (SANCB) is a one-stop solution for

conference or convention, consider

• Ticketpro Dome

assistance, information, and neutral advice

the continent’s plethora of venues,

• Birchwood Hotel

on hosting and organising a business event

organisers, top-notch suppliers, and

• Indaba Hotel

in South Africa, and offers five pillars of

support services, and infuse your

• Emerald Resort and Casino

support services, namely Bidding Support,

event with the spirit of Africa.


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EXHIBITIONS

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Meetings Africa show floor at Sandton Convention Centre © Meetings Africa

EXHIBITIONS:

GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS IN AFRICA

T

he world of exhibitions is a diverse

let them experience everything there is to

they buy a product. They know a product

one. From showcasing the latest

know about a product. This includes product

well. Through exhibitions, people can bring

in technological advancements, to

demos, sensory engagement with products

their product to the market and to the

positioning new products in the

to let visitors see, touch, smell and taste

world, by explaining and showcasing the

market, to facilitating business relationships,

(where possible) the product, and leaving

benefits of using their products. Exhibitions

to strengthening ties between partner

with relatable information takeaways that

also assist in growing the economy, in that

countries; there is no better marketing

they can explore after leaving the stand.

industries are able to come closer to willing

platform than a well-run exhibition.

Siphiwe Sipho Ngwenya, CEO of Gauteng

buyers, and also work to partner with

According to ufi.org, 80% of businesses

Tourism, says, “The primary objective of any

countries to create a business or marketing

agree that customers spend more money

industry is to ensure that the products they

hybrid. Exhibitions are the catalyst for

with companies they have met with face-to-

produce are accessible to consumers, and

a multiplier economic effect. They are a

face. While according to the CEIR survey’s

growing the market share of the product

tool that can grow the economy because

consensus, visitors value in-the-moment

is a vital element. In today’s information

industries are placed on a platform that they

interaction with an exhibiting team that will

economy, people do their research before

wouldn’t normally have.


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Resource Design’s stand for Hotel Verde, which won the Greenest Stand Award at WTM Africa 2017

Exhibitions are the best way to cut

as a hosted attendee, which is testament

options. Many emerging business-event

across countries and gain maximum

to the prestige of both exhibitions.

destinations around the world are looking to

exposure for our products.” South Africa plays host to some of the

Africa Travel Week is another highlight on the exhibitions calendar, and comprises

South Africa for its expertise, and seeking advice in establishing best practises.

continent’s leading and most well-attended

WTM (World Travel Market) Africa, ibtm

exhibitions. Meetings Africa, which takes

(International Business Travel Market) Africa

accommodate more than 20 000 delegates

place in the heart of Sandton each February,

and ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market)

and come fully equipped with the

is the go-to exhibition for the promotion

Africa and takes place at the Cape Town

latest technology and communications

of business-events industry products and

International Convention Centre. These co-

infrastructure, ensuring that exhibitors,

services, and allows African associations

located shows encompass the inbound and

service providers, delegates and visitors

and African meetings industry professionals

outbound markets for the general leisure,

can connect seamlessly, and engage

to partner to help transform the continent.

luxury and business or MICE travel sectors.

with the newest tech. Many venues also

Africa’s Travel Indaba, a massive leisure-

South Africa’s leading exhibition

The country’s largest venues

specialise in confexes – a conference

focused travel expo, is a permanent

organisers have a proven track record in

fixture on the country’s events calendar.

creating events that are renowned for

with an exhibition component.

Hundreds of travel buyers and specialists

their electric atmosphere, ease of access,

exhibitions filling the 2018 calendar, it is

from around the globe attend these shows,

technological advancements, memorable

safe to say that the exhibitions industry

and competition to score a coveted place

fringe events and multitude of hospitality

is growing from strength to strength.

With dozens of new and established


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INCENTIVE TRAVEL

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INCENTIVE TRAVEL: MEMORIES

MADE IN AFRICA ways of showing an employee appreciation, fostering loyalty and encouraging self-

motivation, is through incentive travel. Today’s incentive packages are more bespoke than ever, especially as customisation and personalisation become popular with corporates. People are consistently looking for new and unique destinations and experiences, says Nicholas Wright, Marketing

From the majestic deserts of Morocco, to the lush jungles of Rwanda, to the skyscrapers of Kenya and the melting pot of culture that characterises South Africa, and a million experiences in between; the continent can deliver everything an incentive traveller wants and more.

O

ne of the most memorable

Manager at Ker and Downey Africa, a luxury DMC that has pioneered African travel since 1946. “Top companies are after unique and different experiences for their employees in an attempt to increase the stature of the company and inspire top talent to want to work for them,” he explains. “The result of this is the trend toward experiential, remote and unique destinations and experiences. In Africa specifically, this is resulting in a move away from purely coastline incentive trips and into more adventurous experiences such as bush walks with the Maasai in Kenya, or mokoro boat safaris in the Okavango Delta. We definitely see this trend continuing; the pressure on companies to continue raising the bar and increasing their attractiveness to potential employees is only going to increase over the next decade.” There is a common misconception that Africa is one country, when in fact Africa is home to 53 countries, which all have a unique flavour and offer a diverse range of experiences. From the majestic deserts of Morocco, to the lush jungles of Rwanda, to the skyscrapers of Kenya and the melting pot of culture that characterises South Africa, and a million experiences in between; the continent can deliver everything an incentive traveller wants and more.

Limpopo © SA Tourism


INCENTIVE TRAVEL

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Recommended experiences • View wildlife in the Kruger National Park • Surf pristine waves in Jeffrey’s Bay • Hike one of Cape Town’s many trails • Charter a yacht from the V&A Waterfront • Visit the Cradle of Humankind • Experience the Valley of the Waves at Sun City • Gamble at one of many world-class casinos

Morocco © Kawtar Cherkaoi

• Experience fine dining in the Cape Winelands • Go white-water rafting Incentive travellers will discover a wide

Ultimately, incentive travel is about

• Take the cable-car to the top of Table Mountain

range of memorable adventures on offer in

teambuilding and fostering closer

South Africa, ideal for those who are keen

bonds between high-performing

• Hunt for ghosts in Kimberley

to experience things that can be found

employees, and travel has consistently

• Safari in a hot-air balloon

nowhere else on the planet. Travellers can

come out tops as the catalyst for new

• Have drinks in the largest

visit the world-famous Kruger National

ideas, dynamic thinking and positive

Park, which has more species of wild

growth. Trust the continent’s many

• Take a tour of a local township

mammals than any other game reserve in

reputable incentive travel houses to

• Marvel at the flowers of Namaqualand

Africa, including the Big Five, and explore

tailor make an itinerary that will inspire

• Sandboard on the Witsand Dunes

the longest wine route in the world,

even the most jaded individual, and

• Go stargazing in Sutherland

just a few minutes from Cape Town.

chart a course to further success.

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SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A STADIUM.

Framed by Table Mountain and with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Town Stadium is centrally located and is recognised as one of the Mother City’s iconic landmarks. It is the ideal multi-purpose events venue. Having hosted some of Cape Town’s most prestigious events such as star-studded concerts and major sports matches, the skills and experience gained by stadium staff is available to you. Whether it’s for a conference, wedding, corporate event or year-end function, film or photo shoot, our world class team will help you every step of the way from initial planning to flawless execution. For enquiries or to book, call +27 21 417 0120 or visit CapeTownStadiumBookings.co.za


MEETINGS

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MEETINGS:

THE INTERSECTION OF IDEAS

Sun City’s Stir Coffee Shop © Xavier Saer Photograhy / Sun International

P

rogress occurs when people come

South Africa and the wider continent is

upscale cocktails, white-water rafting, wine-

together to discuss ideas, make

peppered with qualified meeting planners

tasting, horse-riding, a humanitarian project,

decisions, hammer out details

who will supervise and coordinate the

or simply a beer or two by the pool; you will

and drill down into the details.

strategic, operational and logistical

find it in this wonderful part of the world.

Nowhere does this happen more than

activities necessary for the production of

in a well-run and structured meeting.

each meeting. Established business-event

Meeting venues are not confined to

destinations such as Tanzania, Rwanda,

Operating as a business unit of South

traditional formats, and can be used for

Ethiopia, Angola and Mauritius all have

African Tourism, the Tourism Grading

teambuilding, cocktail parties, breakaway

a plethora of meeting venues that cover

Council of South Africa (TGCSA) is the

events, thinktanks and creative hubs.

a broad spectrum of styles. Flexibility is

only recognised and globally credible

With more than 1 700 meeting

key, and you will find that most venues

quality assurance body for tourism

venues across South Africa, and

are more than happy to customise a

products in South Africa, and can be relied

international convention centres located

space according to client’s needs.

upon to grade the country’s meeting

in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban,

South Africa offers the world in one

venues according to a stringent set of

Tshwane, East London and Port Elizabeth,

country. If it’s a meeting followed by a world-

criteria. Visit the TGCSA’s website to

South Africa is amply equipped to

class dinner, a silent disco, hot-air ballooning,

find the ideal venue for your meeting.

take care of every meeting need.

star-gazing, a raucous night on the town,


OVERVIEW OF THE SANCB’S KEY SUPPORT SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL CONVENTION BUREAU

The International Union of Architects held their annual Congress in Durban in 2014.

The South Africa National Bureau, in conjunction with the City and Provincial Bureaus, offers five key support services: 1. Bidding Support

2. Site Inspection Support

infrastructure and technology, as well as excellent cuisine and a wide-range of culinary

In the Bidding Support phase,

Site inspections are a means to showcase the

and beverage options. Site Inspections also

the SANCB can provide the following

elements included in the destination’s bid.

serve to reinforce positive aspects of hosting

support:

Site inspections are part of the SANCB’s

a conference in South Africa, and dispel

• Pre- and post-bid support such as bid

service offering. The SANCB, in conjunction

negative preconceived notions. These

promotion and handling of requests for

with the city and provincial convention

positive aspects are:

proposals

bureaux organises and facilitates

• South Africa is a cost-effective destination

• Independent advice when selecting a destination for your event • Bid materials to provide support to members

site inspections to assist Association Heads with business-event decision makers by introducing them to the event professionals that will bring their meeting, conference,

• Government Letters of Support

event or incentive to life. The SANCB will

• Bid Presentations

invite key decision makers to view options to

• Lobbying and promotional support

help confirm the conference offering including

• Meeting planner support services such

pre and post-show opportunities. Site

as collateral materials, signage and

Inspections are a crucial part of the

assistance in locating suppliers

decision-making process for business events.

with attractive exchange rates • Reassurance that South Africa is a worldclass destination • Delivery of world-class services and experiences that are on time and bring the WOW factor • South Africa is a secure and harmonious nation • The opportunity to leave a lasting impression

• Advice on local issues

The venue must be conveniently situated

• Political/economic stability

• Destination expertise through numerous

close to transport routes and important

• South Africa is an innovative and advanced nation

channels including the SANCB’s meeting

amenities, and must boast the facilities and

and incentive planner’s website and

luxuries that befit a business traveller and

meeting planner fact books

conference delegate. The venue must be

welcoming and professional. Furthermore,

secure and attractive, with state-of-the-art

well-coordinated Site Inspections give

• Coordinating requests for bidding

• The South African people are warm,


10 times, the Cape Town International

d) Submitting and Monitoring RFPs

Convention Centre is undergoing a massive

The SANCB and the relevant local convention

expansion, and the year-old Century City

bureau will ease the planning process by

Conference Centre is booming, which further

submitting requests for proposals in-house,

highlights the diversity of South Africa’s venue

and carefully monitoring the progression of

offering.

each.

b) Locating Suppliers

e) Co-ordinating Site Inspections

A well-planned conference requires the

Site inspections are an integral aspect

co-ordinated efforts of numerous suppliers,

of the planning phase as they inform

such as stand designers and builders, catering

decision makers on the locations,

companies, entertainment, translation

facilities that will work best for the

decision makers key insights into the

services, professional speakers, security,

conference. The SANCB works closely with

myriad venues available in the chosen city.

transport, graphic designers, décor experts,

South Africa’s myriad venues, and is ideally

This allows decision makers to make their

audiovisual experts and many other technical

positioned to facilitate the inspection of

choices based on the facilities and location

suppliers. The SANCB works with City and

suitable venues.

that best suit the conference attendees.

Provincial Convention Bureau to propose

The SANCB understands that no two events are the same, therefore they will tailor-make a list of recommended venues according to the specific needs of the event.

3. Convention Planning Support

recommended suppliers, and facilitate

f) Advising on Pre- and

business relationships.

Post-Tour Opportunities South Africa has an abundance of pre

c) Compiling Cost Estimates

and post-tour opportunities. Conference

The South Africa National Convention

Conferences require complex budgets that

delegates will be able to see for themselves

Bureau, with the City and Provincial

must be adhered to strictly. The SANCB

what millions of travellers flock to see every

Bureaus, are perfectly positioned to assist

understands the importance of these

year on SA’s shores. From wine-tasting along

with planning a congress, meeting, expo

budgets, and will propose Professional

the world’s longest wine route, to exploring

or convention in South Africa. Their team

Conference Organisers that can assist with

Gauteng’s cultural precincts, to visiting the

has effective working relationships with an

budget-related matters. South Africa has

country’s renowned Kruger National Park; the

extensive database of local service providers.

dozens of excellent PCOs that are skilled in all

SANCB can advise the organising committee

The SANCB can also facilitate collateral

aspects of conference organising, including

on the most rewarding destinations and

materials, government liaison and advice

costings and budgets.

activities to consider for their delegates.

on destination and local issues. Key services during the Convention Planning stage: a) Sourcing Venues South Africa has myriad business-event venues that cater for events of any size. The SANCB understands that no two events are the same, therefore they will tailor-make a list of recommended venues according to the specific needs of the event. Whether it’s a conference for 2 000 in one of South Africa’s Centres of Excellence, or a convention for 15 000 in the heart of Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg, the SANCB will find the perfect venue. Durban International Convention Centre has been named the best conference centre in Africa more than

ICC Plenary Venue © Luca Barausse Photography


OVERVIEW OF THE SANCB’S KEY SUPPORT SERVICES SOUTH AFRICA NATIONAL CONVENTION BUREAU

The welcome reception for the delegates of the IAPCO 2016 annual meeting was held on Table Mountain.

4. Delegate Boosting

The evaluations criteria for these packages include:

The South Africa National Convention Bureau can coordinate efforts to increase the number of delegates attending a business event in partnership with the association. It is in

• Being part of an international

What are On-site Event Services?

association agenda • Support provided in the bidding phase

the best interest of all involved to have the

• Delegate numbers (and the

maximum number of delegates attend an

countries they are from)

Some examples include: • Entertainment that is rooted in local custom • Welcome stands and airport transfers

event, which in turn boosts the success of

• Seasonality

• Activity/local attraction bookings

the event. The SANCB can assist associations

• Duration

• Travel arrangements and activities for

to promote and market a convention in a

• Economic development criteria

number of key ways, including promotional material, special services and cultural displays.

accompanying persons • Personalised gifts

The Delegate Boosting packages include myriad benefits, including tourism

5. On-site Event Services

Delegate Boosting Packages

information giveaways, branding,

The SANCB offers three packages

electronic and print marketing material,

to assist with delegate boosting:

destination marketing material, and

On-site event services are vital as they

• The Standard Package

(in the Elite package), VIP gifting, wine

add remarkable value to a delegate,

• The Standard Plus Package

and drinks activations and customised

especially if the delegate is visiting

• The Elite Package

marketing materials.

South Africa for the first-time. On-site services are the little things that can happen on-site that make a big

Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer at the South Africa National Convention Bureau, says “We have to make sure that all delegates have a fantastic time in our country. This will ensure that they tell their friends and families, which translates to further business.”

difference to the delegate’s experience. The SANCB is proud to offer on-site event services as part of its range of support services. The objective of this service offering is to enhance the delegates experiences, and put into perspective the value of the delegate’s visit to our country, over and above the value of attending the conference programme itself.


UNPACKING THE LEGACY OF BUSINESS EVENTS Our value proposition as an industry has been changing from one based on delegate and organiser spending to the value of what these events actually achieve for organisers, participants and host communities. As simple as it sounds, this in fact has huge implications, because it places the business-events industry at the very centre of both the global economy and the underlying scientific, professional, academic, business and social advancements that drive it.

The Importance of Bureau-Led Research The outputs and legacies to be identified and quantified in the SANCB-led studies will cover a broad spectrum, from the value of networks and business transactions arising from an event to medical advancements like improved disease awareness, research and treatment practices. Also, to be explored are the benefits that hosting events can deliver to the host community, including profiling a particular country or city in connection with key elements of their economic or social agenda or attracting new talent to key sectors. To learn more, contact the South Africa National Convention Bureau, and visit the www.the-iceberg.org

SANCB Support Services

SANCB SUPPORT SERVICES BIDDING SUPPORT • Bid Strategy • Bid Document • Lobbying • Bid Promotion • Bid Presentations

SITE INSPECTION SUPPORT • Bidding Site inspection • Convention Planning Site Inspections

CONVENTION PLANNING SUPPORT • Planning support • Venue and supplier recommendations Final decision with client

DELEGATE BOOSTING SUPPORT • Marketing support to promote the SA conference • Delegate attendance promotion

ORGANISER / KEY DECISION MAKER FOCUSED

For destination expertise and convention planning support, contact the South Africa National Convention Bureau. T: +27 (0)11 895 3000 E: convention@southafrica.net W: www.businessevents.southafrica.net

ON SITE SERVICES • Support toward on site elements of the event

DELEGATE / CONSUMER FOCUSED


Creativity flourishes when one’s surroundings inspire innovation, leapfrog thinking and a desire to create memories that last. In Africa, a continent comprising 53 vastly different countries, the boundaries of creativity are stretched daily.


VENUES IN AFRICA

Randlords in Johannesburg © SA Tourism


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Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa |

www.theevent.co.za

Aquila Private Game Reserve and Spa is an award-winning, four

star, Big 5 safari and spa destination situated just two hours’ drive from Cape Town – making it the ultimate city breakaway corporate and conferencing facility. With three conference facilities, our teams can offer rustic safari feels, outdoor activities and events, or setup a modern presentation and thinktank room. The Animal Rescue Centre at Aquila offers an unconventional conference and meeting space with a breakaway room, set in the midst of our award-winning Eco Synergy project. The Stone Cottage venue, situated in a remote location, offers guests a unique safari experience; perfect for product launches, branded events and corporate gatherings, while the main Conference Centre offers traditional conferencing facilities with an African feel of thatch, wood and rock. If your conference or corporate team building requires overnight accommodation, Aquila offers four-star accommodation in various styles – from cottages to lodge rooms with capacity to sleep 168 guests sharing or 81 single occupancy. Combine your next conference or corporate get-together with a majestic Big 5 safari and spa experience; creating the most unforgettable personalised event, hosted in the Southern Karoo. Aquila Private Game Reserve Corporate Facilities, R46 Ceres Road, Touws River, Western Cape, South Africa t: +27 21 430 7260

e: corporate@aquilasafari.com

www.aquilasafari.com


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 600

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

BANQUET

CINEMA

SCHOOL ROOM

U-SHAPE

Main Conference Room

80

90

70

65

ARC Conference Centre

50

50

40

30

100

-

-

-

Stone Cottage (Outdoor Venue)


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 1 900

www.theevent.co.za

The Century City Conference Centre and Hotel precinct, a four-star rated mixed-use development by the Green Buildings Association of South Africa

Century City Conference Centre |

Cape Town’s leading venue, Century City Conference Centre and Hotel

offers world-class conferencing and events. Voted by leading business travel associations as the Best Large Hotel Conference Venue in South Africa1, Century City Conference Centre continues to raise the bar in the MICE industry. Now in its third year, the centre can attribute their knockout success to its detail-driven approach and big-picture thinking. This mix is essential when it comes to the smooth running of the large variety of events hosted at CCCC. The centre is known for its ability to host everything from intimate gatherings of around 10 people, to large exhibitions, seminars, concerts, and more, for up to 1 900 guests - all with incredible attention to detail. The venue has been designed with the event planner in mind, and as those who have hosted events at the venue can confirm, the experience is an exceptionally personalised one. Planners deal with a single member of the Operations team for the duration of their event, and key specialised contacts within the business are able to assist with absolutely anything a planner may need – including a Plan B. Aside from forming part of a four-star green star-rated 2 mixeduse development, Century City Conference Centre has put a number of energy-and water-saving measures in place. A few examples of their sustainability efforts include all taps running off automatic timers, toilets being flushed with recycled water only, a solar energy system on the roof, and recycling stations conveniently located throughout the venue. 1. Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards 2017 | 2. Green Buildings Association of South Africa

No.4 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, Cape Town t: +27 21 204 8000

e: events@ccconferencecentre.co.za

www.ccconferencecentre.co.za


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 1 900

www.theevent.co.za

The foyer is a multi-purpose area, and is often used for informal functions.

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A spectacular gala dinner setup, showcasing the inherent creativity of the space.

CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

LEVEL

FLOOR AREA M²

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BOARDROOM

CINEMA

BANQUET

EXHIBITION (3 x 3M MODULE)

Hall A

Ground

342

273

138

-

368

200

15

Hall B

Ground

342

273

138

-

368

200

15 15

Hall C

Ground

342

273

138

-

368

200

Hall A, B, C combined landscape

Ground

1 029

828

-

-

1 168

700

50

Hall D: orientation 1- portrait

Ground

394

330

216

-

488

270

19 19

Ground

394

336

120

-

420

270

Meeting Room 1

Hall D: orientation 2 - landscape

1st Floor

27

-

-

10

-

-

-

Meeting Room 2

1st Floor

38

24

15

18

35

-

1

Meeting Room 3

1st Floor

29

-

-

12

-

-

-

Meeting Room 4

1st Floor

36

18

12

18

32

-

1

Meeting Room 5

1st Floor

34

-

-

12

-

-

-

Meeting Room 6

1st Floor

33

-

-

12

-

-

-

Meeting Room 7

1st Floor

63

36

24

30

60

40

1

Meeting Room 8

1st Floor

59

36

24

30

60

45

3

Meeting Room 9

1st Floor

59

36

24

30

60

45

3

Meeting Room 8 + 9

1st Floor

118

72

48

60

115

90

6

Meeting Room 10

1st Floor

62

36

24

30

60

40

1

Meeting Room 11

1st Floor

47

27

18

24

44

n/a

1

The Square transformed into a breathtaking event space.


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 15 000 - 18 000

CTICC |

www.theevent.co.za

A world-class convention centre welcoming the world.

The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is a destination of choice for conferences, exhibitions and business events on the African continent. The centre has undergone an impressive expansion project. The new, state-of-the-art facility, CTICC 2, is now operational and is set to further the centre’s reputation for hosting the highest number of international conferences in Africa. CTICC 1 and CTICC 2 will become a fully integrated event venue complex which can operate as one or two separate facilities. Never before seen in Cape Town, the expansion allows organisers an unparalleled choice of meeting spaces in one venue. Only a 20-minute drive from the airport and located in the revitalised Foreshore precinct of the city, the CTICC offers: • 2 auditoria seating 1 516 and 612 delegates respectively • 2 terrace rooms for 380 and 450 delegates respectively • 2 open-air rooftop terraces with breath-taking city views • 47 breakout rooms of varying sizes accommodating 20-370 delegates • 11 399m2 / 12 2698ft 2 of dedicated exhibition and trade show space in CTICC 1 • 10 000m2 of multipurpose conference and exhibition space in CTICC 2 • Versatile banqueting rooms including a grand ballroom of 2 000m2 • 4 000 prime hotel rooms within 10-minutes of the centre The CTICC is a purpose-built facility in one of the world’s premier tourism destinations. Its expansion bolsters its vision to deliver extraordinary experiences to a far broader audience and become one of the top ten convention centres in the world. CTICC 1: Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

gps: 33° 54’ 56” S by 18° 25’ 36” E

CTICC 2: Corner of Heerengracht Street & Rua Bartholomeu Dias, Cape Town 8001, South Africa f: +27 21 410 5001

e: info@cticc.co.za

twitter: twitter.com/CTICC_Official

t: +27 21 410 5000

facebook: facebook.com/CTICC

www.cticc.co.za


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 15 000 - 18 000

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION | CTICC 1 ROOM NAME

FLOOR AREA M2

HEIGHT (M)

Auditorium 1 - Room 1.10

1 170

16

1 516

1 516

-

-

-

-

-

-

Full Ballroom - Room 1.20

1 876

8

1 980

1 296

-

-

1 300

1 020

1 500

-

Boardroom - Room 1.30 Meeting Room - Room 1.40 Meeting Suites (x5) Room 1.51 - 1.55 Meeting Room - Room 1.60 Meeting Suites (x4) Room 1.71 - 1.74 Auditorium 2 - Room 1.80 Meeting Suites (x3) Room 1.91 - 1.93

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BOARDROOM

BANQUET

BANQUET BUFFET

COCKTAIL

EXHIBITION BOOTHS (3M x 3M)

73

3.3

-

-

-

20

-

-

40

-

375

4

330

220

69

-

220

180

300

-

35

3.3

24

18

15

18

-

-

-

-

375

4

330

220

69

-

220

180

300

-

25/35

3.3

24

18

15

18

-

-

-

-

490

8

612

612

-

-

-

-

-

-

25/35

3.3

24

18

15

18

-

-

-

-

Meeting Room 2.40

375

4

330

220

69

-

220

180

300

-

Meeting Room 2.60

375

4

330

220

69

-

220

180

300

-

Roof Terrace Room - Room 2.80 Full Exhibition Centre (Hall 1-4B) Registration Foyer

370

4.2

380

220

69

60

190

190

250

-

11 399

9 -18

9 500

7 720

-

-

6 100

5 120

7 300

746

315

4

300

200

100

120

120

150

220

-

BANQUET PLATED

BANQUET BUFFET

COCKTAIL

EXHIBITION BOOTHS (3M x 3M)

To view the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s full CTICC 1 capacity chart, visit www.cticc.co.za/capacity-chart-2017.

CONFIGURATION | CTICC 2 ROOM NAME

FLOOR AREA M2

HEIGHT (M)

THEATRE

CLASSROOM

U-SHAPE

BOARDROOM

Exhibition Hall - Hall 5

1 569

9

1 824

990

-

-

720

550

828

65

Exhibition Hall - Hall 6

1 782

9

2 208

1218

-

-

840

660

1 104

92

Exhibition Hall - Hall 7

1 586

9

1 680

990

-

-

720

600

828

60

Meeting Suite - Meeting Suite 401 (Pincushion 1.91)

147

2.8

-

-

-

24

-

-

-

-

Meeting Suite - Meeting Suite 408 (Aloe 1.92.1)

40

2.8

52

15

21

16

-

-

-

-

Meeting Suite - Meeting Suite 410 (Arum 1.92.2)

41

2.7

62

27

18

14

-

-

-

-

Meeting Suite - Meeting Suite 411 (Disa 1.92.3)

45

2.7

49

27

24

18

-

-

-

-

366

4.9

512

180

78

56

120

170

192

-

1 468

7

1 672

900

-

-

720

600

828

68

Meeting Pod Rooms - Rooms 421 & 422 (Nerine 1.93 + Protea 1.94) Exhibition Hall - Hall 8 Exhibition Hall - Hall 9

1 944

7

2 940

1 260

-

-

960

840

1 242

103

Exhibition Hall - Hall 10 - Ballroom/ Banqueting

1 489

7

1 628

990

-

-

720

600

828

70

Meeting Pod Rooms - Rooms 601, 602 & 603 (Daisy + Freesia + Orchid)

486

3.15

373

252

66

80

160

160

264

-

Terrace Rooms - Rooms 713 & 714 (Watsonia 3.01 + Bluebell 3.02)

398

3.15

455

216

87

64

160

160

222

-

To view the Cape Town International Convention Centre’s full CTICC 2 capacity chart, visit www.cticc.co.za/capacity-chart-2017.


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 3 000

www.theevent.co.za

Emperors Palace Convention Centre |

South Africa’s Busiest Convention Centre

Veni, vidi, vici. As with ancient Rome, all roads lead to Emperors Palace. Hailed as South Africa’s busiest convention centre, this mega-resort has 29 venues and caters for groups of 8 to 3 000, providing a 360-degree luxury experience that includes accommodation, catering, entertainment and impeccable service. Located right next door to O.R Tambo International Airport and the illustrious Gautrain station, Emperors Palace offers daily shuttle services to its four hotels, including the award-winning 5-Star D’oreale Grande. The exhibition and conference centre at Emperors Palace provides a diverse range of exciting, multi-purpose venues, as well as small executive breakaway rooms. The entire venue has extensive technical resources, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including free Wi-Fi. At the heart is the incredibly versatile Centre Court, a 2 698m² venue created for very large banquets for up to 1 500 people, ideal for sporting and musical events, exhibitions, seminars and product launches. The newly added Red Roman Shed is an eclectic venue that can seat 800. Boasting an urban chic décor and wide open space, this venue is perfect for non-traditional events, exhibitions, fairs, group, fitness events, sports screenings, festivals, year-end functions and more. Emperors Palace is where convenience and functionality meets elegance and sophistication. Whether it’s a boardroom meeting, trade show or banquet, wedding or convention of any size, follow the road to the Palace of Dreams. Emperors Palace is proudly a Peermont Resort. 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa t: +27 11 928 1903

f: +27 11 928 1551

e: sales@peermont.com

gps: S: 26° 08’ 55.10” | E: 28° 13’ 20.17” www.emperorspalace.com


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 3 000

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

Assembly Rooms 1 - 6

AREA M²

COCKTAIL

BANQUET

BUFFET

BUFFET & DANCE FLOOR

CINEMA

SCHOOL ROOM

U-SHAPE

BOARDROOM

1 656

1 200

1 000

800

650

1 200

1 000

-

-

NCC

459

400

230

200

180

400

250

60

-

Senate Rooms 1 - 2

864

800

450

350

300

800

600

-

-

Augustus Room

87

60

40

-

-

60

40

25

30

Claudius Room

87

60

40

-

-

60

40

25

30

Romanus Room

87

60

40

-

-

60

40

25

30

Tiberius Room

87

60

40

-

-

60

40

25

30

Florian Room

87

60

40

-

-

60

60

25

30

Fabia Rooms 1 - 2

398

300

200

150

150

150

200

60

-

Julia Room

202

130

100

80

60

140

100

60

-

Lucretia Rooms 1 - 2

172

100

100

70

-

100

70

40

50

Marcia Rooms 1 - 2

178

100

100

70

-

100

70

40

50

2 698

2 500

1 500

1 100

800

3 000

1 500

-

-

820

-

-

-

-

910

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Centre Court Theatre of Marcellus Red Roman Shed

1592

800 in bench-style seating

The above seating styles are applicable for wall to wall seating only. | They do not include technical equipment, head table, staging or dance floor. | All functions are subject to Health and Safety approval. | A tiered seating solution is available for the Centre Court at an additional charge.


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: UP TO 20 000

Expo Centre Johannesberg |

www.theevent.co.za

An award-winning venue located just south of Johannesburg, the Johannesburg Expo Centre

is South Africa’s largest purpose-built exhibition, conference and events venue. It is home to South Africa’s oldest and most cherished consumer event, the Rand Show, and it has hosted many other world-class shows such as Ultra South Africa, Automechanika, BAUMA Conexpo Africa, Sexpo and Electra Mining. The Expo Centre’s legacy of excellence extends over three decades and it remains one of the city’s best-known landmarks. With multipurpose facilities that provide more than 50 000m² of indoor space and over 100 000m² of versatile outdoor exhibition space, the Expo Centre accommodates the needs of any client. Smaller upmarket facilities encompass 4 000m² for conferences and conventions (two major conference rooms) and individual gates and entrances for each hall provide ease of access for event build-up and break-down. We have a prime location 30 minutes from both OR Tambo International Airport and Lanseria Airport and we are situated just 15 minutes from a variety of three, four and five star hotels which enable us to accommodate guests from far and wide. Other features include a multipurpose arena (for 20 000 people), 20 000 parking bays, a registered helicopter landing base (managed by Capital Air), 24-hour security, five star catering facilities, a clubhouse that serves as the perfect setting for corporate dinners and events (200 people), a monorail, 4x4 track, mini golf course and a lake which is used as a stage area for various exhibitions. The Expo Centre is also home to a fully functional business centre, and a film studio. No matter the occasion, the Expo Centre handles every event with professionalism, flexibility and elegance. Cnr. Rand Show & Nasrec Roads, JHB

t: +27 11 494 1920

m: +27 82 855 0292 / +27 83 461 0627

e: info@expocentre.co.za

www.expocentre.co.za


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: UP TO 20 000

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

FLOOR AREA M²

CINEMA

COCKTAIL

BANQUET

SCHOOLROOM

Hall 5

7 362

5 600

5 600

2 400

3 600

Hall 6

12 304

9 400

9 400

4 000

6 100

Hall 8

4 890

3 700

3 700

1 500

2 400

Hall 9

6 532

5 000

5 000

2 000

3 200

Hall 10

2 420

1 800

1 800

1 000

1 200

MAN Suite

678

60

100

50

40

MAN VIP Lounge + Outside Patio (Upstairs)

205

60

100

50

40

MAN Auditorium

340

250

250

180

180

MAN Boardroom (Downstairs) Bateleur A & B

40

10

10

10

10

960

1 000

1 000

550

550

Bateleur A

560

400

400

300

350

Bateleur B

350

320

320

200

200

Black Eagle A, B & C

833

800

800

500

500

-

20 000

n/a

n/a

n/a

Main Arena


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 10 000

Sandton Convention Centre |

www.theevent.co.za

Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Convention Centre is a world-class venue for international

conferences and exhibitions, centrally located in Sandton, Johannesburg — South Africa’s economic hub. It has nearly 11 000 secure parking bays, and more than 40 nearby hotels. The Sandton Convention Centre is southern Africa’s most technologically-advanced convention centre. It features over 22 000m² of convention, exhibition and event space, accommodating up to 10 000 visitors at one time over four main levels. The centre’s facilities include the Pavilion, a versatile special events venue that can seat up to 4 500, the Ballroom for 2 000 guests; two exhibition levels and several meeting rooms. Sandton Convention Centre is located in the heart of Johannesburg’s business district Sandton, within easy walking distance of several Tsogo Sun hotels, shopping and entertainment centres, and the Gautrain rapid rail system. Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa t: +27 11 779 0000

e: scc.info@tsogosun.com

www.sandtonconventioncentre.com


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 10 000

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

FLOOR AREA M²

COCKTAIL INCL BAR / BUFFET STATION

CINEMA

SCHOOLROOM 3 PAX

BOARDROOM

U-SHAPE

BANQUET SERVED 10 PAX (NO EQUIPMENT)

BANQUET BUFFET 10 PAX (NO EQUIPMENT)

Exhibition 1

5 430

4 000

3 900

-

-

-

-

-

Exhibition 2

5 058

3 500

3 500

-

-

-

-

-

The Ballroom

2 945

2 300

2 300

1 500

-

-

1 500

1 200

Boardroom 1

76

50

48

30

15

10

40

-

Boardroom 3

86

60

48

30

15

10

40

-

Boardroom 4

89

50

48

30

15

10

40

-

Boardroom 5

85

50

48

30

15

10

40

-

The Bill Gallagher Room

568

350

450

280

-

-

250

250

Skywalk Gallery

400

270

-

-

-

-

-

-

Committee Room 2

156

120

120

65

25

20

80

64

Committee Room 3

87

30

30

30

18

15

40

32

Committee Room 4

238

160

200

100

35

30

120

96

Committee Room 5

231

160

200

100

35

30

120

96

4 708

3 750

4 500

2 500

-

-

2 000

1 600

The Pavilion


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 1 400

www.theevent.co.za

All images © Alain Proust

CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

LEVEL

FLOOR AREA M²

U-SHAPE

DOUBLE U-SHAPE

HERRINGBONE

SCHOOLROOM

CINEMA

BANQUET

Buttress

Ground

1 209

200

-

-

1 200

1 400

950

Sentinel

Ground

900

160

-

-

720

1 000

660

Monks Cowl

Ground

456

90

140

-

350

500

300

Summit

Ground

423

84

140

-

300

435

260

Ondini

Ground

177

48

65

100

130

200

-

Champagne Sports Resort |

Situated at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg Mountain range, just 3.5/4 hours’ drive from

Johannesburg and 2 hours from Durban; Champagne Sports Resort is the perfect haven for a relaxing leisure getaway or an unforgettable conference. Champagne Sports Resort can accommodate up to 750 delegates sharing when utilising our recently refurbished hotel with 152 hotel rooms including four Presidential Suites. The resort also boasts 91 beautifully appointed self-catering chalets. Champagne Sports Resort offers a total of 16 conference venues including the new, state-of-the-art Buttress Centre with a floor space of 1 200m2 (usable area) which seats up to 1 400 delegates and banquets 950 guests at round tables. Other venues include the Sentinel Room (1 000 delegates), the Monks Cowl centre (550 delegates), the Summit Room (400 delegates) and the more intimate venues ranging between 150 delegates down to 20. Conference equipment includes the most up-to-date equipment with Crestron hand-held controls through the bigger venues and all standard equipment through the smaller meeting areas. “So whether you are wearing your golf cap or your thinking cap, there is no better place to find inspiration” Central Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa t: (036) 468 8000

e: conferences@champagnesportsresort.com

www.champagnesportsresort.com


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 250

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION LEVEL

AREA M²

SCHOOLROOM

CINEMA

COCKTAIL

U-SHAPE

ROUND TABLE - 8

ROUND TABLE - 10

BOARDROOM

Auditorium (Raked fixed seating)

Ground

156

N/A

145

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Atrium (Doors closed)

Ground

208

60

180

200

50

80

100

50

Entertainment Area

Ground

106

N/A

N/A

100

N/A

32

40

N/A

Cape Town Venue

Ground

64

32

60

80

28

40

50

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ROOM NAME

JSE |

Choose the address for success, choose the JSE.

We offer distinguished venues to host corporate events and meetings for companies and financial institutions at the heart of business districts in Johannesburg and Cape Town. One of the signature events at the JSE is the unique privilege of opening the market to celebrate your company’s milestones. Hosting your event in one of our venues imparts the JSE gravitas to your event, which comes from being the largest exchange in Africa and leading the South African market in the trading of financial products for over 130 years. In addition, we bring international recognition as members of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), Committee of SADC Stock Exchanges (CoSSE) and Association of Futures Markets (AFM). We have a selection of sophisticated options from our Auditorium, to the distinctive JSE Foyer, through to our Media Hub, and studios in Johannesburg. JSE – Johannesburg: One Exchange Square, Gwen Lane, Sandown, 2196, South Africa

gps: S: -26.1018, E: 28.05671

JSE – Cape Town: 155 Campground Road, Claremont, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa

gps: S: -33.974360, E: 18.470197

t: +27 11 520 7131

e: companyservices@jse.co.za

www.jse.co.za/venues

For special rates*, please use this promo code: CSEPG

*Terms and conditions apply


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 420

www.theevent.co.za

CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

AREA M²

BANQUET

SCHOOL x 2

SCHOOL x 3

CABARET

U-SHAPE

COCKTAIL

DANCE FLOOR

CINEMA

Optima Ballroom (1)

144

80

60

84

48

33

100

50

120

Exemplar Ballroom (2)

144

80

60

84

48

33

100

50

120

Paragon Ballroom (3)

198

120

96

120

72

45

150

100

180

Full Ballroom (1+2+3)

486

300

216

288

168

111

350

200

420

Ballroom (1+2)

288

160

120

168

96

66

200

100

240

Ballroom (2+3)

342

200

156

204

120

78

250

150

300

The Maslow |

The most comfortable, most productive business hotel on the market welcomes you.

The Maslow not only provides you with what you should expect from accommodation for professionals, it promises to blur the line between business life and living the high life. An environment in which ideas can be both conceptualised and realised, while enjoying accommodation that offers phenomenal garden spaces and world-class dining in the form of the Lacuna Urban Bistro. It’s just one more way you can experience getting all you need, as well as what you want, when visiting this state-of-the-art business oasis in the heart of Sandton. Discover The Maslow, because the mind’s preoccupation relies on the body’s location. Corner Grayston Drive and Rivonia Road, Sandton, 2146, South Africa t: +27 10 226 4600

e: maslow.conference@suninternational.com

www.suninternational.com/maslow


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 140

www.theevent.co.za

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© David Rogers | www.photosandafrica.com © Paul Karnstedt © Paul Karnstedt

CONFIGURATION

DIMENSIONS (M)

ROOM NAME

U-SHAPE

DOUBLE U-SHAPE

SCHOOLROOM

CINEMA

ROUND TABLES (10-12 PAX)

Intshambili

16.5 x 8.4

48

79

99

140

96

Amawele 1

10.8 x 7.2

30

33

54

96

-

Amawele 2

10.8 x 6.0

30

-

36

80

-

mZumbe

17.3 x 7.5

42

57

72

100

84

Lawn Dimensions

25m x 15m

Pumula Beach Hotel |

Pumula Beach Hotel has a total of 62 hotels rooms as well as three conference venues for up to 140

delegates in our largest state-of-the-art venue. Included in the upgrades of the conference venues was the addition of catering facilities to the largest venue, enabling private gala-dinner functions as well as standard conferencing. These are exciting times for Pumula Beach Hotel as the upgrades to all rooms, lounges, public areas and general facilities has positioned the business to continue grow its market share in the leisure and conferencing industry. Pumula is unique in its location — right on a beach which enjoys blue flag status along with only 27 others in the country. With fantastic accommodation, tantalising meals, entertainment for the whole family, new expanded conferencing facilities, and a heated pool, spa and gym; there is something for everyone to enjoy! 67 Steve Pitts Road, Umzumbe, 4225, South Africa t: +27 39 684 6717

f: +27 39 684 6303

e: conference@pumulabeachhotel.co.za

www.pumulabeachhotel.com


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VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 450

www.theevent.co.za

CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

FLOOR AREA M²

Amphitheatre: Room 1 Auditorium

POWER SOCKETS

MAX SCREEN HEIGHT

MAX SCREEN WIDTH

U-SHAPE

64

6

370

7

SCHOOLROOM

THEATRE

BANQUET

1.5

1

15

30

30

30

3

4

0

220

400

280

Old Wine Cellar

203

6

1.5

1

0

80

100

80

Simonsberg Room

112

3

2

2

30

50

80

60

Stellenberg Room

112

3

2

2

30

50

80

60

Spier Hotel |

A ‘Fair Trade In Tourism’ accredited hotel and conference centre focused on doing business with integrity. Located on

a Stellenbosch wine farm with more than 300 years of heritage, the Hotel is surrounded by meticulously restored historic buildings and a pristine natural environment. Gardens and walkways connect the 153 rooms (clustered around six courtyards) with the reception, lounge and restaurant area. Spier is known for its custodianship of South African arts, nurturing people and community, and conserving, recycling and restoring in the interests of future prosperity. Our Conscious Conferencing packages plug into a more mindful approach. Favouring conservationism over excess, Spier Hotel is known for its low-key style. Excellent wines, farm-to-table food, seamless service and a welcoming spirit are all part of the conferencing. The conference venue has been recently refurbished with new sliding doors, sound-proof double doors, water-saving taps and various other enhancements. Spier is 20 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, and half an hour out of Cape Town. R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa t: +27 21 809 1100

f: + 27 21 809 1106

twitter: www.twitter.com/spierwinefarm

PO Box 1078, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa

e: reservations@spier.co.za

gps: S 33’58.389’ E 18’ 46.944

www.spier.co.za

facebook: www.facebook.com/spierwinefarm

instagram: www.instagram.com/spierwinefarm


VENUE PROFILES | CAPACITY: 1 000

www.theevent.co.za

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CONFIGURATION ROOM NAME

LEVEL

FLOOR AREA M²

CINEMA

COCKTAIL

SEATED (WITH DANCE FLOOR)

SEATED (NO DANCE FLOOR)

SCHOOL ROOM

BOARDROOM

U-SHAPE

Auditorium (Day and Night)

Ground

100

120

-

50

70

60

20

35

Tranquillity (Day and Night)

Ground

-

-

-

25

-

-

24

-

I&J Ocean Exhibit (6pm onward)

Ground

-

200

350

160

180

-

-

-

Predator Exhibit (6pm onward)

Multi-Level

-

-

250

120

160

-

-

-

Entire Aquarium (6pm onward)

Multi-Level

-

-

800

-

-

-

-

-

Two Oceans Aquarium |

Ideally situated in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium is renowned for its

magnificent displays as well as its unique functions and conferencing venues. The Auditorium opens onto a deck overlooking the V&A Waterfront Marina with a magnificent view of Table Mountain. The venue is professionally fitted with audio-visual and conference equipment and offers flexible seating arrangements. The I&J Ocean Exhibit is a majestic space offering views of marine life through a vast seamless window. Gentle rays glide by and turtles steal the limelight as they invite you for an immersive underwater experience through a full acrylic tunnel. Enchant your guests in the company of ragged-tooth sharks. The recently renovated Predator Exhibit offers a breathtaking setting to make your function memorable. The entire Two Oceans Aquarium offers a truly unique and diverse venue for larger groups. Guests are invited to mingle as they leisurely explore the various galleries within the Aquarium. The Aquarium offers a wide range of menus and beverage options to suit your needs. Contact the functions team to discuss your unique and individual requirements. Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 t: +27 21 418 3823

f: +21 21 418 3952

gps: 33°54”28.42”S / 18°25”03.56”E

e: functions@aquarium.co.za

www.aquarium.co.za


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For an association conference of 20 000 delegates, to a meeting of 10 members of the C-Suite, a gala function for industry elite, and an incentive trip for top-performing team members, let the professionalism, experience and expertise bring your event to vivid life.


PCO S, DMCs AND SUPPLIERS IN AFRICA

Sun Resorts, Mauritius


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DESTINATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Dragonfly Africa and Green Route Africa |

www.theevent.co.za

Dragonfly Africa and Green Route Africa, two of the foremost

DMCs in Southern and East Africa, have been involved in providing a wide range of travel services across a broad spectrum of tourism for over 35 years. Our main business is incoming tourism from all over the world in the form of individual travellers, groups, meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions. With a combined 10 SITE Crystal Awards, we are the leaders in the industry for our creativity and high levels of service. We have offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi and we operate across 12 countries - South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, Seychelles and Mauritius. We have representation offices in USA and Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand, UK, Benelux and Scandinavia. The Dragonfly Africa Group – Southern & East Africa’s Leading Travel Company 1st Floor, Boundary Place, 18 Rivonia Rd, Johannesburg, 2116, South Africa t: +27 11 219 5600

f: +27 11 268 2010

e: info@dragonfly.co.za

www.dragonfly.co.za


PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

www.theevent.co.za

ILIOS Conferences (PTY) Ltd |

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ILIOS Conferences (PTY) Ltd is a dynamic business designed to meet the needs of

the ever demanding conference and exhibition world in a wide range of applications. It is primarily a service business that provides conference and exhibition consulting, project management, logistics and planning services. We have the necessary expertise, experience, resources, infrastructure and drive to manage conferences and exhibitions of any size and complexity and ensure it’s a great success. ILIOS Conferences consists of a small team of highly experienced individuals, each one with over ten years, hard-core, hands-on conference-management experience. Our core focus is the management and planning of international and national association conferences and related exhibitions - be they international exhibitions taking place in conjunction with a conference or a trade show. 17 Bofor Circle, Epping, Cape Town, South Africa t: +27 21 836 8315

e: rjacobs@iliosconf.co.za

www.iliosconf.co.za


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PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

www.theevent.co.za

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Lorin Bowen (Pty) Ltd |

Lorin Bowen (Pty) Ltd was recently founded by Lorin Bowen, who has twenty years’ experience

in hospitality, conference and exhibition management. Lorin is passionate about the business-events industry and thrives on the process of planning and coordinating an event from inception right to conclusion. Being a small business allows us to build relationships with our clients while providing the best personalised service. Each event is unique and should be treated as such. At Lorin Bowen we believe that by utilising available technologies and incorporating appropriate trends into our clients’ events, we ensure they are successful, sustainable and exceed all expectations. We not only organise conferences and exhibitions on behalf of our direct clients, but are also available to assist other event organisers with services such as exhibition management, onsite support and administration. Lorin currently holds the position of the Johannesburg Branch Chair for the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI). PO Box 10913 Vorna Valley 1686 t: 082 433 8687

e: lorin@lorinbowen.co.za

www. lorinbowen.co.za


PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

www.theevent.co.za

On Show Solutions |

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Global organisers On Show Solutions hosts roadshows and exhibition pavilions on five continents - Africa,

Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Our signature event, Africa Showcase, has a proud tradition of taking top-quality tourism products into key source markets to promote travel to Africa. On Show’s events division, based in Johannesburg, specialises in trade events including: • Project Management

• Registration

• International Pavilions

• Golf Days

• Roadshows

• Exhibition Activation

The company is owned by Amanda Margison and Jacqui Reynolds and powered by a dynamic team. 299 Pendoring Road, Cresta, Pendoring Office Park, Johannesburg, 2195, South Africa t: +27 11 431 4126

e: ideas@onshowsolutions.co.za / ideas@africashowcase.travel

www.onshowsolutions.co.za / www.africashowcase.travel


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PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

The Conference Company |

www.theevent.co.za

The Conference Company, led by Chief Executive Officer Nina Freysen-Pretorius, who is

also the current President of the International Congress and Conference Association (ICCA), has offices in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Founded in 1997, the company’s vision is to be the leading service provider in conference management in South Africa and it prides itself on growing a client base that returns year after year. The company offers a one-stop solution with services encompassing all aspects of conference management. State-of-the-art software solutions, secure online payment facilities and on-site coordination and management provide further peace of mind. The talented team of handpicked individuals has skills in marketing, finance, registration management, as well as abstract co-ordination and management. Durban: t: +27 31 303 9852 e: info@confco.co.za

Cape Town: t: +27 21 914 2751

www.confco.co.za

Johannesburg: t: +27 11 465 0334


PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE ORGANISER

www.theevent.co.za

Turners Conferences |

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Turners Conferences’ core services are professional conference organising, destination

management, and inbound group handling. Together with our sister companies, we provide a complete logistical and management solution for associations and other meeting and event organisations. Our objective is to manage the administrative, structural, financial, promotional and logistical aspects of your event and leave you free to attend to the important executive issues. We are committed to providing our clients with solutions that guarantee successful and memorable events, whilst upholding the highest ideals of business practice and creating opportunities for our emerging community. We are proud, by way of membership, to be associated and in good standing with XL Turners Travel, ICCA, SAACI and SATSA. 38 Jonsson Lane, Durban, 4001, South Africa t: +27 31 368 8000

f: +27 31 368 6623

e: gills@turnersconferences.co.za

www.turnersconferences.co.za


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SPECIALIST SERVICE

Barmotion |

www.theevent.co.za

Mobile Bars, Hospitality and Events

It’s time to add one of Barmotion’s vibrant mobile bars to your next event, product launch or exhibition stand! Providing professional bar solutions with an array of different refreshment and food options. Include a swirl of gelato, a delicious cup of coffee or even a Belgian waffle for those with a sweet tooth. We have branches in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, making us the perfect solution to your nationwide activations. Our services include all the necessary equipment and quality trained staff to ensure your event is a success. We understand the importance of branding, allowing you to brand everything from the bars and cup sleeves to coffee stencils, promotional bites and more. Maximising your company’s exposure is our top priority - each bar can be customised to suit your needs and the needs of your guests! We also offer a greening service, converting our standard bar into an eco-friendly option. Our exciting bars will have people talking about your event for weeks. Contact us today! t: 0861 WE ROCK (93 7625)

e: info@barmotion.co.za

www.barmotion.co.za


SUPPLIER

www.theevent.co.za

Special Events Hiring and Logistics |

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Established in 2004, Special Events Hiring and Logistics is a Cape Town

based Events company, specialising in the hire and delivery of event equipment, from lounge pockets, cocktail furniture and décor to amazing, themed items for kids. With our large range of décor, you are bound to find what you are looking for. Corporate events, weddings and kids parties – no event is too BIG or too SMALL for us. Let our vibrant, experienced team add a professional touch, and assist in making your dream function a reality. Unit B3, Gateway Close, Capricorn Business Park, Muizenberg, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa t: +27 21 788 2488

f: +27 21 788 2482

www.specialevents.co.za

e: info@specialevents.co.za

facebook: www.facebook.com/specialeventshl


Get lost in the labyrinthine souks of Marrakech, explore the technological metropolis of Nairobi, soak up the local flavour in one of Cape Town’s many street markets, catch a glimpse of the Big 5 on safari in the Kruger National Park, or simply let one of Africa’s multitude of travel planners create a unique itinerary for you that is bound to leave a lasting impression.


SHOWCASING

AFRICA Gauteng: SA’s Business Epicentre

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KwaZulu-Natal: Vibrant Event Host

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Western Cape: The Worldwide Phenomenon

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Southern Africa: For World-Class Meetings

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East Africa: Tourism Leader

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West Africa: Reports Steady Growth

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Central Africa: Ideal for Smaller Events

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North Africa: Favourable Proximity

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REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT | SOUTH AFRICA | GAUTENG

www.theevent.co.za

Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

GAUTENG: SA’S

BUSINESS EPICENTRE

A

s the smallest yet busiest of South

Johannesburg

Tshwane

Africa’s provinces, it’s no wonder

Johannesburg is where business

Tshwane is the administrative capital

Gauteng is known as a powerhouse

takes place. Not only is OR Tambo

of South Africa, and as such, is

of business events. Not only is it

International Airport situated in

most comfortable conducting and

known as the ‘gateway to Africa’ but it is also

this region, but the city – originally

playing host to a variety of meetings,

home to some of the biggest companies on

established as a mining town during

exhibitions and events. It is also a

the continent. Gauteng comprises fi ve main

the gold rush – is also the country’s

knowledge hub, attracting a range of

regions: Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni,

playground. In the upmarket suburb

different disciplines to the city for

Sedibeng, and West Rand. The first two are

of Sandton, one can find a world-class

business and learning alike. It is also

where most of the region’s conferences and

convention centre, shopping malls,

known for its historic background

exhibitions take place, while the West Rand

and gourmet restaurants. Further

and is home to the Union Buildings

is known for its scenic beauty and is home to

afield is a plethora of vibrant nightlife

and the diamond village of Cullinan

the Magaliesberg Mountains, and the World

to explore, from a rich jazz culture to

among other unique natural, cultural

Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind.

art galleries, museums and more.

and historical attractions.


REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT | SOUTH AFRICA | GAUTENG

www.theevent.co.za

Incentive Travel

from the Orlando Towers to traditional

As a vibrant historical, natural and cultural

shisa nyama, ziplining and quad biking.

setting, Gauteng has much to offer incentive travellers within its borders, from wildlife

Trade and Industry

experiences and visits to local cultural

• Gauteng is one of the largest

GAUTENG

contributors to SA’s GDP and generates

villages, to live entertainment, worldclass shopping, and explorations in the renowned township of Soweto. Some of the suggested itineraries include Gauteng

about 10% of Africa’s GDP. • It is home to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and over 140 local and international banks.

for Hipsters, where delicious food and

• Some of the largest companies in Africa

craft beer reign supreme, or Gauteng

and abroad are based in Gauteng.

for Adrenaline Junkies, from a bungee

In the upmarket suburb of Sandton, one can find a world-class convention centre, shopping malls, and gourmet restaurants.

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CLIMATE Gauteng offers visitors one of the world’s best climates with warm and wind-free summer days and crisp, clear winters.

VENUES OF NOTE CSIR International Convention Centre, Tshwane: 1 000 plenary | www.csiricc.co.za Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg: 27000m2 expo space, 27 venues | www.gallagher.co.za Johannesburg Expo Centre: 50 000 m2 expo space, 4 000 m2 conference space, 20 000 plenary | www.expocentre.co.za Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg: 1 350m2, 1 500 plenary | www.tsogosun.com

AIR ACCESS • OR Tambo International Airport • Lanseria Airport (connecting flights)

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn, Tshwane

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE South African Rand (ZAR) 100.00

US DOLLAR (USD)

Euro (EUR)

Chinese Yuan (CNY)

8.08

6.76

52.59

*Information correct as of January 2018

USEFUL CONTACTS Gauteng Tourism Authority: info@gauteng.net | www.gauteng.net Gauteng Convention and Events Bureau: nonnie@gauteng.net | www.gauteng.net Joburg Tourism: www.joburgtourism.com

Vibrant Vilakazi Street, Soweto © South African Tourism


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www.theevent.co.za

Durban © Diriye Amey

KWAZULU-NATAL: VIBRANT EVENT HOST

T

he land of sunshine, KwaZulu-Natal is a go-to destination for both local and international business events. The region has hosted some of SA’s

biggest conferences, exhibitions and award shows including Africa’s Travel Indaba and the prestigious annual brand communication awards, The Loeries. It is a leader in domestic tourism with KZN receiving a total of 4.1 million local tourists in 2016. Not only do people flock to the region to enjoy Durban’s blue-flag beaches, but they also enjoy a host of natural and adventure attractions such as the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site.

Africa’s Travel Indaba at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre © SA Tourism


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KWAZULU-NATAL

CLIMATE KZN has a subtropical climate in its coastal regions, and is the province that receives the most rain in SA. Winters are mild and warm with average temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius.

NOTABLE VENUES

The Drakensberg mountains © Steve Slater

Durban International Convention Centre: 112 000m2 floor space, 22 convention halls, 12 000 plenary | www.icc.co.za Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani: 15 venues, 500 plenary | www.tsogosun.com

Durban

Trade and Industry

Durban welcomes the world with its

• Manufacturing, trade, transport

beautiful golden beaches, but is also

AIR ACCESS

and the finance sector are key role

the epicentre of world-class sporting

players in KwaZulu-Natal’s economy.

and international events. Many of these take place at the Durban International

of 15.7% to SA’s GDP and is

Convention Centre or at high-profile

the second-largest contributor

hotels along the beachfront. The

to the local economy.

city offers a delightful selection of

annual growth rate has exceeded

bazaars to explore, as well as popular

that of the country as a whole.

South African Rand (ZAR) 100.00

attractions like uShaka Marine World,

Incentive Travel Incentive travellers will revel in KwaZuluNatal’s versatility. From the vibrant city of Durban where visitors can take a daring swing off the Moses Mabhida Stadium roof, to the lush Valley of a Thousand Hills with its nature reserves and cultural villages. Just a few hours outside the city are Big Five game reserves, while the Sapphire Coast offers scenic scuba experiences and plenty of opportunities to catch a wave.

The region has hosted some of SA’s biggest conferences, exhibitions and award shows including Africa’s Travel Indaba and the prestigious annual brand communication awards, The Loeries.

Stadium and Suncoast Casino.

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE

• Since 1997, the province’s average

shopping malls, craft markets and

the Botanical Gardens, Moses Mabhida

• King Shaka International Airport

• KwaZulu-Natal makes a contribution

US DOLLAR (USD)

Euro (EUR)

Chinese Yuan (CNY)

8.08

6.76

52.59

*Information correct as of January 2018

USEFUL CONTACTS Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau: conventions@durbankzncb.co.za | www.durbankzncb.co.za Durban Tourism: lillian.nzama@durban.gov.za | www.durbanexperience.co.za KwaZulu-Natal Tourism: enquiries@zulu.org.za | www.zulu.org.za

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REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT | SOUTH AFRICA | WESTERN CAPE

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WESTERN CAPE: THE WORLDWIDE PHENOMENON

A

leading destination for business

increased by 11.5% compared with the

serving the small- to mid-sized market

events on the continent,

previous year. Places along the renowned

is Century City Conference Centre,

the Western Cape has a

Garden Route such as Mossel Bay,

which opened its doors in early 2016.

host of small to large-scale

Knysna, George and Swellendam have

venues to suit every organiser’s needs. In 2017, Cape Town – the capital of the

all seen growth in tourist numbers.

Stellenbosch A growing second-tier destination,

province – was ranked best business

Cape Town

tourism destination in Africa, according

Cape Town, also known as the Mother

association meetings in 2016 according to

to the International Congress and

City, is a leading events destination. It

ICCA rankings. In addition to its spectacular

Convention Association (ICCA). The

regularly attracts conferences in the

views and location in the Western Cape’s

city is also ranked 39 th globally with a

fields of medical sciences, education

Winelands, it also has a range of unique,

total of 62 meetings taking place here.

and technology. The city’s flagship

tranquil venues to enchant guests.

venue, Cape Town International

Spier Wine Estate is particularly sought

international MICE industry, the Western

Convention Centre, recently completed

after thanks to its conscious approach

Cape is also a leader in international

construction on CTICC 2, thus offering

to conferencing. Stellenbosch 360 was

tourism. According to Wesgro’s January

even more space for world-class events.

formed to facilitate meeting planners who

reports, peak tourism in December 2017

Another venue of note dedicated to

seek to host an event in the region.

In addition to its strength in the

CTICC1 and the newly completed CTICC2

Stellenbosch hosted 12 international


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WESTERN CAPE

CLIMATE The Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. Summer temperatures range between a comfortable 15 and 27 degrees Celsius.

Spier Wine Estate © Elsa Young

Incentive Travel

encounters, the Western Cape offers a

The Western Cape offers a host of

plethora of excitement for visitors.

beautiful locations, attractions and routes for the incentive traveller to explore. As

Trade and Industry

a leader in tourism, local DMCs often

• The Western Cape accounts

offer packages inclusive of a visit to Cape Town and its surrounds. In addition to the picturesque Table Mountain and national parks, visitors can also explore the rich vineyards of the region, or can party up

for 14% of SA’s total GDP. • Almost 30% of the gross regional product comes from foreign trade such as agricultural and wine exports.

NOTABLE VENUES Cape Town International Convention Centre: 11 200m2, 1 500 in largest hall | www.cticc.co.za Century City Conference Centre: 20 venues, 1 900 across all venues | www.ccconferencecentre.co.za

• High-tech industries, international

a storm or treat themselves to a relaxing

call centres, fashion design,

spa treatment in the city. From adventure

advertising, and TV production

attractions like abseiling, to wildlife

are rapidly gaining importance.

AIR ACCESS • Cape Town International Airport • George Airport (connecting flights)

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE South African Rand (ZAR) 100.00

US DOLLAR (USD)

Euro (EUR)

Chinese Yuan (CNY)

8.08

6.76

52.59

*Information correct as of January 2018

USEFUL CONTACTS Cape Town Tourism: www.capetown.travel Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau: conventionbureau@wesgro.co.za | www.wesgro.co.za/conventions City of Cape Town and Western Cape Tourism: hello@wesgro.co.za | www.goto.capetown Stellenbosch 360: info@stellenbosch360.co.za | www.stellenbosch.travel

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BUFFALO CITY

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Business Events in Buffalo City Buffalo City Municipality has dozens of venues

designed to portray an unparalleled level

that is sure to tantalise even the most

of glamour and unsurpassed elegance.

frugal shopper; or business tourists can

Other venues for memorable business

try their luck at the ever-popular casino.

that cater to the world of business events,

events include Blue Waters Hotel, Gonubie

from sleek, modern conference centres, to

Hotel, Garden Court, Hotel Osner, Premier

natural beauty that keeps travellers coming

rustic bush escapes, to traditional corporate

Hotel Regent, Edge Lodge, The Venue, Blue

back for more. With a hinterland rich in

venues infused with the spirit of the Eastern

Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre and

landscapes of exceptional natural beauty,

Cape. The jewel in the region’s conferencing

East London Golf Club to name but a few.

there’s no shortage of overnight or daytrips

crown is the East London International

But it’s the region’s unsurpassed

to captivate the Buffalo City visitor.

of-the-art furnishings, a peaceful coastal

Taking a Break from Business

location and commitment to exceptional

When the last meeting has concluded and

Big Five at an affordable game reserve.

service, event organisers are guaranteed

the ink has dried on your newly signed deal,

Head out to sea to witness the feeding

a memorable experience when selecting

or when a busy conference schedule has

frenzy accompanying the famous sardine

this 5 star, elegantly designed Convention

left the delegate feeling drained, Buffalo

run, “the greatest shoal on earth”.

Centre. With a remarkable view of the Indian

City offers a plethora of rejuvenating

Ocean, each space has been exclusively

experiences. Hemingways is a mega-mall

Conference Centre (ELICC). With state-

A short drive from the city, you can get up close and personal with the majestic

Close to Buffalo City, you can experience the rugged Wild Coast, marvel the breath-


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Rich in landscapes of exceptional natural beauty, there’s no shortage of overnight or daytrips to captivate the Buffalo City visitor.

Conference Room - Steve Biko Centre

taking cliffs at Morgan Bay or visit Double Drift, rated as one of South Africa’s ten most beautiful camping getaways. The region played a critical role in the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa. Take a moment to reflect on the meaning of our history at the Steve Biko Garden of Remembrance, or visit any of the numerous monuments and memorials dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives in past conflicts. The ‘Multi-cultural man’ stands on East London’s sea-front. It which was donated by the Italian people, is one of seven world-wide, and the only one in Africa. It symbolises the universal humanity of all people and cultures. The monument gives hope that Buffalo City and South Africa can look forward to a future promise of a better life for all our people.

Climate

East London International Convention Centre

Buffalo City enjoys a moderate climate. It

Getting to Buffalo City

Contact

is generally sunny and pleasant. Winters

Buffalo City is well-serviced by a wide range

Tel: +27 43 736 3019

are usually mild with some rain.

of transport services that are geared to

Email: tourismunit@buffalocity.gov.za

Snow can however be experienced in

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provide for all needs. The region is linked

the Hogsback, Maluti and Drakensberg

by daily commercial flights with all major

mountain ranges. Since South Africa is south

South African cities. It is serviced by a

of the Equator, our seasons are the reverse

modern and customer-friendly airport from

of those in the northern hemisphere.

which charter flights are also available.


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Shamwari Game Reserve, Eastern Cape © SA Tourism

SOUTHERN AFRICA: FOR WORLDCLASS MEETINGS

A

leader in conference, incentive

incentives, conferences and exhibitions

International Convention Centre (CTICC)

and exhibition organising,

sectors. Not only does the country have a

hit a record high, adding R2.99-billion

Southern Africa offers a bounty

dedicated National Convention Bureau, but

to the national economy and more than

of stellar destinations and venues

it also has regional convention bureaus to

R1-billion to the Western Cape’s coffers.

for planners to choose from. Although the

assist in the planning and financial support

It also opened its new expansion project

region consists of around ten countries,

of both local and international events

– CTICC 2 – in September last year.

the main business-events destinations

held in the respective provinces. Recent

are South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique

events to have taken place here include

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and Namibia, with Zimbabwe also playing

the annual AfricaCom, the Royal College of

As a celebrated destination for incentive

an important role in the tourism sector.

Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

travel on the continent, Southern Africa

These countries are preferred long-haul

World Congress, the World Economic

offers myriad options for internationals to

destinations not only for meetings and

Forum on Africa, and many more.

explore. These range from exquisite bush

events, but also for incentives. DMCs

SA Tourism recently renewed its

experiences, five-star resorts and wellness

offer unique and diverse packages, with

commitment to growing domestic and

spas to historical routes, gourmet cuisine

well-established convention bureaus and

regional African tourism to the country. It

and adventures to get adrenalin pumping.

tourism organisations offering assistance

saw over 10 million international visitors

A number of DMCs also offer combined

and support throughout the region.

in 2016, with tourism now comprising

incentive packages to the region which may

30% of all global service exports. SA has a

include a trip to South Africa’s tourism capital

host of International Convention Centres,

of Cape Town and a few days at the breath-

As the leading country for business events

with at least one large venue in its major

taking Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean and

in Africa, SA has built a strong and ever-

cities of Cape Town, Durban, Tshwane and

Zambian border, or unforgettable wildlife

growing economy around the meetings,

Johannesburg. In 2017, the Cape Town

experiences in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

South Africa


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CLIMATE

CSIR ICC’s expanded foyer in Tshwane

Southern Africa has a warm climate that ranges from semi-arid and sub-humid in the east to hyperarid in the west. Its coastal regions are known for their temperate, Mediterranean climates.

NOTABLE VENUES

Trade and Industry • South Africa’s key economies are finance, real estate, business services, mineral and agricultural exports. • Botswana’s key economic contributors are diamond mining, agriculture and

Population and Culture • Approximately 65 million people live in Southern Africa. (Source: Worldometers.info) • South Africa has 11 official

tourism, with the latter accounting

languages, with English spoken

for almost 12% of the GDP.

throughout the country, as well as in

• Subsistence agriculture is the basis of Mozambique’s economy; however aluminium, titanium and manufacturing are growing. • Namibia’s economy is centred on agriculture and herding. The country has over 200 000 skilled workers in professional and managerial positions. • Zimbabwe has an economic focus on

Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Portuguese is the predominant language in Mozambique. • Throughout its history, the Southern African region has seen struggles to control its great wealth such as gold, diamonds, ivory, and land. • Major faiths in Southern

Cape Town International Convention Centre: 11 200m2, 1 500 plenary | www.cticc.co.za Durban International Convention Centre: 8 773m2, 1 000 plenary | www.icc.co.za East London International Convention Centre: 5 000m2, 4 000 plenary | www.premierhotels.co.za Gaborone International Convention Centre: 1 550m2, 9 venues, 1 800 plenary | www.grandpalm.bw Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre, Maputo: 800 plenary | www.cicjc.gov.mz Johannesburg Expo Centre: 50 000 m2 expo space, 4 000 m2 conference space, 20 000 plenary | www. expocentre.co.za Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo: 1 515m2, 340 plenary | www.radissonblu.com Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg: 1 350m2, 1 500 plenary | www.tsogosun.com Sun City Resort, North West: 6 000 plenary | www.suninternational.com

Africa are Christianity, Islam,

mineral deposits such as chromite, coal,

Hinduism, traditional African

asbestos, copper, gold and platinum.

religions, and Judaism.

AIR ACCESS • Botswana: Sir Seretse Khama International Airport, Gaborone • Mozambique: Maputo International Airport • Namibia: Hosea Kutako International Airport, Windhoek • South Africa: O.R Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport (Durban) • Zimbabwe: Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, Harare

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE CURRENCY 100 Botswanan Pula (BWP) 100 Mozambican Metical (MZN) 100 Namibian Dollar (NAD) 100 South African Rand (ZAR) 100 Ugandan Shillings (UGX)

US DOLLAR (USD) 10.12 1.70 8.06 8.05 0.03

*Information correct as of January 2018

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania © Feans (via Flickr)

Hilton Nairobi, Kenya

EAST AFRICA: TOURISM LEADER

T

he East African Community

Africa, but also for its place as the seat

Rwanda

is a steadily growing region

of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

A key conferencing hub in the EAC,

for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions,

Tanzania

Rwanda has attracted high-profile business events such as the 27th African Union

with Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda leading

A steadily growing business-events

Summit and the Africa Hotel Investment

the pack. Although East Africa comprises

destination, Tanzania has much to offer the

Forum. It is also on the forefront of African

many countries along the eastern

industry – in terms of venues and incentives

technology, with its capital Kigali working

coast of the continent, the East Africa

– including seven renowned UNESCO

towards Smart City status. The Rwanda

Community – where business events

World Heritage Sites. Dar es Salaam and

Convention Bureau has fast-tracked its

thrive – is made up of six countries:

Arusha are the main conferencing hubs in

MICE development, and 2017 revenues

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan,

the region, with the Julius Nyerere ICC and

from business tourism were projected

Tanzania, and Uganda. Ethiopia, also

Arusha ICC servicing the two cities. Tanzania

to reach US$64-million. Rwanda is third

located in the region, is worth noting not

International Trade Fair is a leading trade

on the continent for meetings according

only for its quality, award-winning airline

event for East Africa, with events like Power

to the annual ICCA Rankings, with Kigali

that champions aviation development in

& Energy Africa also taking place annually.

placing fifth amongst Africa’s top cities.


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EAST AFRICA

CLIMATE East Africa’s climate is rather atypical of equatorial regions thanks to a generally higher altitude and the rain shadow of monsoon winds created by the Rwenzori Mountains and Ethiopian Highlands. It is generally cool and dry, with coastal regions experiencing more humidity and heat.

NOTABLE VENUES Arusha International Convention Centre: 2 500 plenary | www.aicc.co.tz Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam: 1 003 plenary | www.aicc.co.tz/jnicc Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi: 7 526m2, 5 000 plenary | www.kicc.co.ke Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre, Kigali: 5 000 plenary | www.radissonblu.com

The executive suite at Kigali Marriott Hotel, Rwanda © Marriott International

Incentive Travel

agriculture, forestry and fishing,

East Africa offers many wonderful,

mining, manufacturing, energy,

sought after natural experience for

financial services and tourism.

incentive travellers. These include –

• Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda are

but are not limited to – gorilla treks in

steadily and systematically growing

Rwanda, unparalleled wildlife safaris on

their MICE services and offerings.

the Serengeti in Kenya and Tanzania, climbing the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro,

Population and Culture

or relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches of

• Approximately 422 million

Zanzibar. The region’s well-developed

people live in East Africa, with

tourist industry has many trustworthy

150 million contributing to the

DMCs to assist in putting the best

GDP of the EAC. (Source: www.

package together for corporates.

Trade and Industry • Tanzania is the second-largest economy in the EAC and depends largely on agriculture, construction, mining, and natural gas. • Zanzibar’s economy is based primarily on clove production and tourism. • Kenya’s economy is market-based and is East and Central Africa’s

worldometers.info, www.eac.int) • Swahili, or Kiswahili, is the East African Community’s official language, with many speaking basic to intermediate English to accommodate internationals. • East Africa is a rich melting pot of cultures influenced not only by European but also Arab colonisation, with Bantu people migration from West to East Africa many years prior. • Much of East Africa claims

hub for financial, communication

Christianity as its faith, followed

and transportation services.

by indigenous religions and Islam.

• Major industries in Kenya include

Zanzibar is 99% Muslim.

AIR ACCESS • Burundi: Bujumbura International Airport • Ethiopia: Addis Ababa Bole International Airport • Kenya: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi • Rwanda: Kigali International Airport • South Sudan: Juba International Airport • Tanzania: Julius Nyerere International Airport in Da es Salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport • Uganda: Entebbe International Airport

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE CURRENCY 100 Burundian Francs (BIF) 100 Ethiopian Birr (ETB) 100 Kenyan Shillings (KES) 100 Rwandan Francs (RWF) 100 Sudanese Pounds (SDG) 100 Tanzanian Shillings (TZS) 100 Ugandan Shillings (UGX)

US DOLLAR (USD) 0.06 3.68 0.97 0.12 14.96 0.05 0.03

*Information correct as of December 2017

USEFUL CONTACTS Ethiopia Tourism Organisation: www.ethiopia.travel Kenya Ministry of Tourism: info@tourism.go.ke | www.tourism.go.ke Kenya Tourism Board: info@ktb.go.ke | www.ktb.go.ke Rwanda Convention Bureau: frank.murangwa@rdb.rw | www.rcb.rw Tanzania Tourism Board: info@tanzaniatourism. go.tz | www.tanzaniatourism.go.tz Uganda Tourism Board: info@utb.go.ug | www.corporate.visituganda.com


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FACILITIES

1. Simba (Plenary Hall) G 1018 1350 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2. Lake Nyasa Exhibition Hall 1 2000 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3. Mbayumbayu (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 402.5 270 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4. Kololo (Ngorongoro BLC) 1 402.5 270 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5. Tausi (Serengeti BLC) 1 230 160 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------6. LakeDuluti (Serengeti BLC) 3 120 70 45 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7. Twiga (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 113 70 45 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------8. Manyara (Ngorongoro BLC) 3 78 50 20 50 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------9. Themi (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 68.16 50 20 30 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10. Dikdik (Serengeti BLC) 1 66 25 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11. Kagera (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 46.08 25 15 20 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12. Mbuni (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 46.08 25 15 20 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------13. Karafuu Lobby (Ngorongoro BLC) 7 10 130 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------14. Restaurant (Serengeti BLC) 1 482 546 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------15. Piazza Open Area 1 2065 2500


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WEST AFRICA: REPORTS STEADY GROWTH

C

omprising 18 countries on the

industries, offering an exciting and eclectic

more conference facilities, while Cross

continent, West Africa has been

range of venues, services and incentive travel

River State’s Calabar ICC has attracted

growing its MICE offerings and

offerings to pique an event planner’s interest.

some prestigious business events to date.

small to mid-sized business events. The region

Nigeria

Ghana

has much to offer discerning businessmen

Nigeria is a key tourism and MICE market

Known as a destination that is ‘off the

who are looking to experience a different side

in Africa, and was one of seven countries

beaten track’, Ghana plans on transitioning

to the continent. Although it has seen its fair

on the continent accounting for 70%

into a major player in African tourism in the

share of tumultuous histories, countries like

of international trips to the region. It is

near future. The country wants to increase

Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the Ivory Coast

expecting strong growth in inbound trips

visitor numbers five-fold by 2027, and

all have burgeoning economies with a strong

in coming years. Nigeria’s capital, Abuja,

according to the Oxford Business Group,

potential in hosting business events. The

has the second-highest number of planned

now has a new and well-financed tourism

former two, Nigeria and Ghana, are perhaps

hotel rooms in the African pipeline. Both

authority implementing a detailed strategy.

most developed for the MICE and tourism

Lagos and Abuja are in the throes of building

Ghana held the first ever ECOWAS Tourism

does particularly well in hosting

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Fair in 2016, and brought the MICE West Africa Forum and Expo to Accra in 2017.

Incentive Travel

• Nigeria currently has the • Ghana has a diverse economy with a focus on manufacturing, exportation of technology goods,

destination, West Africa has much to offer

automotive and ship construction,

interest include the bustling Lagos in Nigeria

and resources like hydrocarbons. • Ghana has one of the highest

where visitors can explore Victoria Island,

GDPs per capita in West Africa

beaches and Freedom park; Ghana’s capital

and is one of the fastest-growing

of Accra, filled with unique architecture,

economies in the world.

museums, and the famed Makola Market, and also the likes of Dakar in Senegal

Population and Culture

with a history steeped in slavery, and

• Approximately 377 million

Abidjan in Ivory Coast, with its breathtaking river delta setting. Nature reserves in the region abound, as do resorts and getaways for those in search of R&R.

Trade and Industry • The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional union comprising 15 countries, dominated by heavyweights like Nigeria and Ghana. • Nigeria is a middle-income mixed economy and emerging market with growing manufacturing, financial,

WEST AFRICA

largest economy in Africa.

Although little known as an incentive the world of corporate travel. Main cities of

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people live in West Africa. (Source: Worldometers.info) • The West African language is largest language family spoken on the

CLIMATE Situated on the equator, West Africa has moist, equatorial air masses bringing monsoon rains in summer, while the Sahara Desert sends dusty Harmattan winds over most of the region from November to February.

continent and includes Yoruba, Igbo, Ashanti, Ewe, and Bantu dialects. Most countries speak English or French thanks to colonialism and their slave trade heritage. • Early human settlers arrived in West Africa around 12 000 BCE. The region has a rich, ancient history. • West Africa is known for its folktales,

service, communications, technology

through which culture, rituals

and entertainment sectors.

and traditions are passed on.

NOTABLE VENUES Abuja International Conference Centre: 2 000 in Main Hall, 9 venues | www.abuja-icc.com Accra International Conference Centre: 11 venues, 6 000 plenary | +233 54 563 4977 | www.ghana.travel Calabar International Convention Centre, Cross River State: 35 000m2, 18 venues, 5 000 plenary | www.conventioncentrecalabar.com Palace of Culture, Abidjan: 5 000 m2, 7 venues, 5 000 plenary | www.abidjan-palaisdelaculture.net

AIR ACCESS • Côte d’Ivoire: Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport, Abidjan • Ghana: Kotoka International Airport, Accra • Nigeria: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos • Senegal: Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport, Dakar

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE CURRENCY

Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, a tourism spot in Ghana © Ghana Talks Business

100 Ghanaian Cedi (GHS) 100 Nigerian Naira (NGN) 100 West African CFA Franc (XOF – Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal)

US DOLLAR (USD) 21.99 0.28 0.18

*Information correct as of January 2018

USEFUL CONTACTS Agence Sénégalaise de Promotion Touristique: www.visitezlesenegal.com Côte d’Ivoire Tourisme: infos@cotedivoiretourisme.ci | www.cotedivoiretourisme.ci Ghana Tourism Authority: www.ghana.travel Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation: info@tourism.gov.ng | www.tourism.gov.ng

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EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel, Angola

C

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, Zambia ©Johansens

entral Africa is made up of many

hydroelectric projects planned for the

venues for business events, while Victoria

countries along the sub-Saharan

Kwanza River. The capital of Luanda has

Falls is an ideal incentive destination.

belt of the continent, with a small

hosted some high-profile events to date, including the 6 th International Conference

Incentive Travel

business event options. Covering a large

on the Great Lakes Region in 2016 and

Central Africa offers a number of

land mass, formerly fraught with political

the Africa Hotel Investment Conference

unique options for incentive travellers.

instability, poverty and wars, the central

in 2017. Carlson Rezidor recently inked

As a growing tourism region, much

African region has only in the last decade or

a deal for five new Park Inn by Radisson

of its current offerings come in the

two begun to develop its economy and show

hotels in the country’s major cities.

form of natural beauty and idyllic

selection offering world-class

its strengths in business events and tourism

getaways. Angola’s capital of Luanda is

industries. Countries like Angola, Zambia

Zambia

and Malawi have done particularly well,

A landlocked country located in the

Portuguese history to explore, while

with the former two growing their touristic

African Copperbelt, Zambia’s economy

wildlife abounds in Quiçama National

and conferencing abilities respectively.

consists of mining, construction and

Park. Zambia’s Livingstone is a go-to

manufacturing, with a number of trade

safari destination thanks to its proximity

shows in this stream taking place in

to the mighty Victoria Falls, while

A country with vast mineral and petroleum

hubs like Lusaka, Kitwe, Livingstone

vibrant market and other experiences

reserves, Angola is a global economic player.

and Victoria Falls. These include Power

abound in the capital of Lusaka. South

Despite this, the nation has begun investing

Africa, Mining Copperbelt, and Intermodal

Luangwa and Mosi-oa-Tunya National

in in renewable energy, with up to seven

Africa. Lusaka has a number of quality

Parks are ideal for wildlife spotting.

Angola

a pulsing hub of excitement, with rich


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• Angola has one of the fastestgrowing economies in the world. • Angola has extensive oil and gas reserves, as well as diamonds, hydroelectrical potential and rich agricultural land. • Zambia is one of Africa’s most highly urbanised countries, with half the population concentrated along major transport corridors. • Lusaka is the fastest-growing city in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). • Malawi’s economy is predominantly agricultural, with 90% of the population living in rural areas

Population and Culture • Approximately 165 million people live in Central Africa. (Source: Worldometers.info) • Languages vary greatly in Central Africa, with Portuguese spoken in Angola, English in Zambia and Malawi, and French in several other countries. • The cultures of Central Africa have common origins linked to that of Nilo-Saharan and Bantu peoples, evident in music, art, and dance. • Christianity and African traditional religions are predominant belief systems

CLIMATE Middle Africa’s climate ranges from humid subtropical to equatorial and tropical savanna, with some coastal areas being warm and arid.

VENUES OF NOTE Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre, Lilongwe: 1 500 plenary | www.peermont.com Centro De Conferências de Belas, Luanda: 3 000 plenary | www.ccb.co.ao EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel: 2 500m2, 750 plenary | www.luanda.epic.sanahotels.com InterContinental Lusaka: 517.50m2, 600 plenary | www.intercontinental.com/Lusaka Mika Convention Centre, Lusaka: 800 plenary indoors, 10 000 outdoors | www.mikahotels.com Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka: 3 000 plenary | www.micc.co.zm

in the region, with Islam practiced in Chad and Central African Republic.

AIR ACCESS • Angola: Angola International Airport, Luanda • Malawi: Lilongwe International Airport • Zambia: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka, Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE CURRENCY 100 Angolan Kwanza (AOA) 100 Malawian Kwatcha (MWK) 100 Zambian Kwatcha (ZMW)

US DOLLAR (USD) 0.60 0.14 0.02

*Information correct as of December 2017

USEFUL CONTACTS Angola Ministério da Hotelaria e Turismo: gepe.minhotur@gmail.com | www.minhotur.gov.ao Zambia Tourism Agency: info@zambia.travel | www.zambiatourism.com Malawi Department of Tourism: info@visitmalawi.mw | www.visitmalawi.mw

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NORTH AFRICA: FAVOURABLE PROXIMITY

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tretching from the Atlantic shores of Morocco in the west to Egypt’s Suez Canal in the East, North Africa is a

strong meetings destination thanks to its proximity to Europe. Comprising Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the North African region is often considered part of the Middle East due to its Islamic history and strong associations with the Arab world. Nevertheless, it is still a vibrant participator on the African continent and is a powerhouse of meetings and events, particularly thanks to its colonial background and close trade links with European countries across the Mediterranean.

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CLIMATE North Africa has a warm, Mediterranean climate in the coastal regions of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and some parts of Libya, while the rest of the region is a warm desert climate thanks to proximity to the Sahara.

NOTABLE VENUES Palmeraie Resorts, Morocco

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino: 8 773m2, 1 000 plenary | www.marriott.com

Corum Rabat Convention & Exhibition Centre Mohammed VI: 1 350m2, 1 500 plenary | www.lamphitrite-palace.com

North Africa is a strong meetings destination thanks to its proximity to Europe.

Morocco

Morocco has unique cultural explorations such

Tourism is the second-largest contributor

as the renowned Jemaa El-Fnaa and Majorelle

to the Moroccan GDP, and has also grown

Gardens in Marrakech, while most countries

its business-events portfolio in recent

offer Sahara desert and Atlas mountain

years. The country hosted the prestigious

packages that include the likes of camel treks,

UN Climate Change Conference of the

extreme sports and exotic food experiences.

Parties (COP22), and has opened a number of new hotel and venue developments in

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recent years including Hyatt, Movenpick

• Morocco’s major exports are

and Four Seasons properties.

Egypt Egypt has a strong tourism industry, most of which can be attributed to its warm climate along the shores of the Mediterranean and its many cultural and historical relics. Cairo excels as a meeting destination, with venues that include stellar views of the Nile River, and relaxing pre- or post-event tours.

Incentive Travel North Africa has a host of incentive travel

phosphates and agricultural produce. • Tunisia and Egypt’s tourism industry is essential to the economy. • Tourism is becoming increasingly important for Morocco, which is seen as a more accessible exotic destination. • Algeria and Libya have oil and natural

Population and Culture • Approximately 235 million people live in North Africa. (Source: Worldometers.info) • People speak various dialects of Arabic and Berber, with most learning

tourist hospitality and services. Egypt in

basic French, Spanish or English.

historical sites like the pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, to beach resort getaways complete with snorkelling and spa treatments.

Palmeraie Conference Centre, Marrakech: 4 000m2, 1 500 plenary | www.palmeraiemarrakech.com

AIR ACCESS • Algeria: Algiers International Airport Houari Boumediene • Egypt: Cairo International Airport • Libya: Tripoli International Airport • Morocco: Marrakech Menara Airport, Mohammed V International in Casablanca • Tunisia: Tunis-Carthage International Airport

CURRENCY AND EXCHANGE RATE CURRENCY 100 Algerian Dinar (DZD) 100 Egyptian Pounds (EGP) 100 Libyan Dinar (LYD) 100 Moroccan Dirham (MAD) 100 Tunisian Dinar (TND)

US DOLLAR (USD) 0.86 5.62 73.24 10.59 40.11

*Information correct as of December 2017

gas reserves in their deserts.

options for visitors, and is well-versed in particular offers a range of experiences from

Le Kram International Trade Centre Tunis: 5 000m2, 4 000 plenary | www.fkram.com.tn

• Egypt has 6 000 years of recorded history and was amongst the earliest civilisations. • Countries in North Africa are almost exclusively Islamic.

USEFUL CONTACTS Algeria Tourism Agency: info@tourismalgeria. com | www.tourismalgeria.com Egypt Tourism Authority: info@egypt.travel | www.egypt.travel Moroccan National Office of Tourism: www.visitmorocco.com Tunisia Tourism Agency: ontt@ontt.tourism.tn | www.discovertunisia.com Tunisian Ministry of Tourism: boc@tourisme.gov.tn | www.tourisme.gov.tn

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AAXO is streamlining operating procedures for the vast variety of suppliers to exhibitions. (Decorex by Reed Exhibitions)

THE DYNAMICS

OF THE SUPPLY CHAIN

T

he main exhibition supply chain consists of seven major categories,

for each show, throughout the cycle • Email distribution: provide safe

says Christine Davidson, vice

and fast communication delivery

president of dmg events MEA, who

that meets required standards

is responsible for the Africa operations: • Stand construction: planning beforehand, build onsite, breakdown and post show review

• Media: print, online, outdoor, direct mail, inserts etc. • Registration: provide fast, simple,

meeting cost and efficiency standards and providing a high level of service to customers/exhibitors/visitors. Christine and her team at dmg-ems Africa hosted the inaugural The Hotel Show Africa at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand in June 2017,

efficient system to record visitors

alongside Africa’s Big 7. This gives

wishing to visit, manage their entry into

the company, which is headquartered

and operationally efficient

the show onsite and provide a range

in Dubai, a unique perspective on

environment to host the event

of post-show analysis and figures

hosting shows in South Africa.

• Venue: provide a clean, secure

• Design and print: brochures,

Christine says that as an international

signage, websites, advertising,

Each company within their supply chain

company, the exhibition supply chain varies

branding, all collateral

is expected to work to dmg’s specific

in accordance with their needs, although

service level agreements, which includes

in South Africa there are fewer suppliers.

• Web hosting: create, maintain, host site


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“We engage the best supplier for the job.

these exhibition,” she says. Carol says at

them as a partner right the way through

We review and assess after every show to

Reed Exhibitions, which held 17 exhibitions

to the end of the show. They are the

ensure the quality exhibitors and visitors

in 2017 (two of which were in Kenya

infrastructure partner or contractor,

expect of dmg is maintained,” she explains.

and Ghana), the supply chain starts with

who takes care of stands, lighting,

Carol Weaving, CEO of Reed Exhibitions

the venue. “You need to work out dates,

distribution boards and electrics etc.

and chairperson of the Association of

rates, availability, suitability, and that

African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO)

international (hotels nearby) and consumer

registration, cleaning, security,

says that the association, formed two

needs (plenty of parking) are met.

plumbing, furniture and plants. Some

years ago, has made significant strides and undertaken market research, including

Once you have the concept in place, you start talking to your suppliers.”

engaging with government, to understand the economic impact of the industry. “Exhibitions have been previously undervalued and underestimated and

Once you have the concept in place,

• Ancilliary: Includes suppliers providing

suppliers offer a package deal of several of these functions and other suppliers specialise or outsource

you start talking to your suppliers.”

to each other. Market research and

Carol groups suppliers as follows:

visitor analysis is often supplied by

• Operations: One major stand contractor is

the registration company, who may

probably misunderstood. Now we’re

hired to build shell scheme stands, chosen

also do matchmaking and meetings.

driving the exhibition industry and ensuring

based on relationships, service and pricing

• Content: Conferences are the norm at

advertising agencies and marketers talk to

– service and delivery are essential. Start

trade shows for the B2B market so you

their clients and understand the value of

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advertising; posters; social media; artwork; banners; radio slots; advertisements and more. The marketing strategy depends on the type of event. Reed Exhibitions uses a variety of suppliers as Carol says very few organisers will put all their eggs in one basket and only have one or two main suppliers. They prefer to have several on their books, especially for

Suppliers speak up AAXO has held two open conversations

workshops during a single event. • Marketing: Includes street pole

organisers for each show

when business picks up and suppliers may

AAXO badges to be arranged for

be too busy and not have adequate capacity.

in Johannesburg and Cape Town to hear

suppliers to ensure easy entry during

from suppliers what their challenges

build-up, show times and breakdown

preferred suppliers and others have

Exhibitors and contractors’

compulsory suppliers. Some are more

breakdowns to be listed in the manual

flexible than others and that’s also part

Organisers to educate exhibitors

of the decision-making process: you may

about build-up procedures

choose another venue if you’re not happy

Priorities and schedules listed

with their suppliers,” Carol explains

with organisers are in a bid to unite the

industry. She says as an association they have listened to their suppliers,

conveying that organisers value their relationships with the entire supply chain.

for breakdown of stands Carol Weaving, chairperson of the

The extended supply chain includes

Venue induction and education

accommodation and travel providers; visa

Association of African Exhibition

sessions to be held to cover

specialists in the case of international

Organisers (AAXO) and CEO of Reed

issues such as accreditation,

visitors and exhibitors; organisers of

Exhibitions, shares a few of the points to

safety files and processes

functions and events such as gala banquets

Safety rules and regulations

and entertainers; and tour operators for

Organisers to include a link

at venues to be made

activities connected to the show, to name

to each venue’s technical

available to suppliers

a few. “You need to look after exhibitors,

Safety files, customised for

visitors and suppliers throughout the

Rigging points and services

each show or venue, made

journey, from start to finish,” Carol notes.

like plumbing to be added to

available and valid for a year

“Don’t think exhibition, think experience.

Damage deposits investigated

Look at the total value chain and the

and streamlined

cascade effect – focus on visitors first

Members encouraged to use

and make sure they’re happy. What’s

AAXO-approved suppliers

good for visitors is good for exhibitors,

come out of the meetings held in August: •

specifications on their websites •

the venue’s technical specs •

Sub-contracting forms to be included in the manual for exhibitors

“Venues are all different: some have

Supplier briefing to be held by

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KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

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GROWING THE

KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

T

he South African National

uMngeni Rivers. It was conceived by Dr Ian

within the eThekwini Municipality. This

Convention Bureau, part of

Player during World War II and founded

attracts other environmental congresses.

South African Tourism, has

in 1951. The Comrades Marathon 89km

identified six market priorities

ultramarathon running race takes place

to operate on one level and is located

consisting of the country’s key industries:

between Pietermaritzburg and Durban,

within a precinct that includes the Durban

• Business process outsourcing:

alternating uphill or downhill every

Exhibition Centre and space for marquees

Financial services; insurance;

year. It was founded by Vic Clapham in

that can be closed off. The precinct is

telecoms; after-sales; IT

association with the League of Comrades

ideal to host congresses that require space

of the Great War (World War I) in 1921

and security for large events, he says.

• Manufacturing: Automotive; chemicals; pharmaceuticals; agriprocessing; electronics; biofuels

The DICC as a facility is designed

in commemoration of fallen soldiers.

KZN also has various other specialisations

“Durban has one of the most significant

and associations that attract events to

sporting precincts in the country surrounding

the region, including but not limited to

the Durban International Convention Centre,

sports; lifesaving; sugar cane; agriculture;

which is one of the reasons why Durban

ports; mining; engineering; manufacturing;

technology: Software development;

was chosen to bid for the Commonwealth

pharmaceutical; optometry; oncology;

electronic financial applications;

Games 2022 [since rejected] and seen

palliative care; neuroscience; IT; and

fraud prevention

as the ideal city to host the Olympic

governmental mega-conferences. James

• Mining and metals: Precious metals

Games. Most sporting codes are catered

says that where major associations

and minerals; mining expertise and

for in a relatively small area, from sports

and institutions are located becomes

technology; minerals beneficiation

and exhibitions to outdoor venues plus

an important consideration when

accommodation,” James explains.

bidding for specialised congresses.

• Creative industries: Film and video; music; crafts • Information and communication

• Life sciences: Medical specialities; biotechnology; medical devices

Musical events such as Music in the

Incentives play an important role in the

Mountains Festival at the Drakensberg

events industry, with corporates offering

Each of these market segmentations is based

Boys Choir School and Splashy Fen Music

incentives such as teambuilding and getaways

on historically strong industries as well as

Festival in the Underberg are now fixtures

to their employees. While the Western

those experiencing good growth and the

on the annual music calendar. James

Cape has traditionally attracted a lot of

country’s ability to compete internationally

says the natural beauty of the region

incentives because of its natural beauty,

in these areas of expertise. With South

enhances these outdoors festivals.

James says KZN is increasingly competing in

African Tourism’s ongoing efforts to highlight

“The Royal Show at The Royal Agricultural

this field because of its heritage and wealth

the opportunities available across all nine

Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg is the

of natural experiences, including mountains,

provinces, does it still make sense to cluster

most significant multi-faceted agricultural

beaches, historical sites, Midlands and the

certain types of events in particular regions?

shows in Africa because of the showgrounds.

many top hotels and resorts in the region.

Infrastructure attracts events James Seymour, CEO of Durban KwaZulu-

The showgrounds also host the Garden

Corné Koch, head of the Cape Town

Show, a massive horticultural show, as

and Western Cape Convention Bureau says

well as other flower shows,” James adds.

the region is strong in attracting medical

Facilities are important but not always

sciences, information and communication

Natal Convention Bureau, says regions and

the most defining variable, James notes.

technology and educational association

provinces develop a reputation for and

Business events also depend on the level of

business events.

expertise in hosting some events because

specialisation of a field in the region. The

of heritage and tradition. James uses as

University of KwaZulu-Natal has one of

examples the Dusi Canoe Marathon and

the most advanced environmental schools

the Comrades Marathon. The Dusi is one

and as a result Durban has hosted major

of the most popular canoe marathons

environmental and climate change congresses

in the world that takes place downriver

such as the United Nations Climate

from Pietermaritzburg to Durban along

Change Congress (COP17). Authorities on

a 120km stretch of the uMsundusi and

the topic are based in the region, some

Business events also depend on the level of specialisation of a field in the region.


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“A big draw card is that the destination

within a five-year plan. Three priority

for networking with local business

hosts four of the country’s major

sectors that will provide high growth

which could ultimately lead to additional

universities and teaching hospitals. This

to the province have been identified as

business conversion in these sectors.

provides a strong source from which to

tourism, oil and gas and agri-processing,

obtain business leads to attract these

with part of this programme called Project

attraction for association meetings that

kinds of meetings,” she explains.

Khulisa. The Cape Town and Western

traditionally take place at the Cape Town

Cape Convention Bureau, a division of

International Convention Centre, a lot of

educational sector meetings, with

Wesgro, actively pursues meetings that

smaller and other types meetings take

mathematics and science events

align to these sectors, which also links

place at the various other conference

taking place in the province.

strongly with the work done in its trade

and hotel facilities in the province.

The universities also attract the

Government’s role

and investment promotions teams Corné adds, “The bureau is a member of

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Although the destination has a strong

The bureau is not limited to attracting a certain type of meeting or size and has

James praises the South Africa National

the International Congress and Convention

dedicated business development staff with a

Convention Bureau for its support,

Association (ICCA). The association provide

specific focus on types of business events.

guidance, investment and willingness to

a valuable research tool to obtain leads

help associations to develop bids and

for the destination. An annual submission

with various hubs within it. Certain

secure events. He says as a bureau they

of the type of international association

corporate hubs, like Century City, attract

are in contact with other provinces’

meetings held in the destination places,

more corporate meetings while regions

bureaux on growth strategies, in some

cities and countries in a ranking model

such as the Garden Route and Klein Karoo

cases working together and in other cases

which is used as a valuable marketing

and the Cape Winelands attract a large

competing for certain events. He notes

tool when attracting new business.”

amount of incentive travel meetings.

serve to kickstart industries in a region,

Corporate strategies

a high note, securing 33 new bids for the

which make them highly sought after.

A business delegate has the potential

destination, which provide an estimated

to become a trader or investor and

economic impact of R434-million to the

economic growth, the Western Cape

subsequently a leisure traveller. The

province. Fifty percent of these bids secured

government has embarked on a programme

Western Cape Convention Bureau’s

will take place during our traditional low

to identify the economic sectors that will

strategy therefore also includes identifying

season of April to September, which is

provide the greatest growth and job creation

meetings that provide opportunities

always a challenge for us,” Corné notes.

that congresses and conferences also

Corné says that in an effort to drive

Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg © SA Tourism

The Western Cape is a large province

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BUSINESS EVENTS OF THE FUTURE

A

glance through the IMEX

giving you some futuristic reasons why

Why it’s important

America programme leaves

you should get your next event on board.

The event industry is changing to incorporate

one wondering if it’s a day spa,

an increasingly younger audience (hello,

retreat. Snappy titles for sessions like “Is

1. Hip, Happening Session Titles

Teambuilding Dead?”, “Guided Meditation:

Ever wonder why so few people are

only is the world at their fingertips (read:

The Crystal Cave”, and “Powerful Learning

attending your educational track?

they’re always sharing their experiences

In A World of Infobesity” dominate the

Perhaps it’s because it looks boring. Yes,

live and online) but they genuinely

menu. But what exactly does this mean

looks can be deceiving, but as we’ve

want to be engaged and interact – far

for the business-events industry? Are

learned in the world of marketing, an

more than generations before them.

we turning into big softies? Or is this

attractive name and lively presentation

simply the future catching up with us?

can make all the difference. Say goodbye

a tech bootcamp, or a holiday

millennials), and you definitely want to be inclusive of this market segment. Not

In this segment, we analyse ten

to a drab programme and hello to an

2. Shorter Conference Sessions

trends that are informing and shaping

exciting, eye-catching session people

Let’s be honest with ourselves. No one really

the business-events sector of tomorrow,

will immediately want to be part of.

enjoys sitting and listening to the same person


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drone on for half a day. Unless, of course,

being covered more often and in more

what they say is immensely interesting.

detail with every passing business

4. The How is as Important as the What

These days, we’re seeing fewer and fewer

event. Not only are they informed by

There’s been a conscientious move away

three hour conference sessions and more

the global state of society – equal pay

from the topic of a conference or session

30-45 minute sessions. IMEX took it a

and respect for women, recognition

being a drawcard. That is, the way in which it

step further and offered a lovely range of

of the LGBTQI community, diversity in

is presented is as – if not more – important.

times to choose from (anywhere between

the workplace, and ways in which to

Crowds want to be wowed. But they also

20-60 minutes), with some of the more

save the planet while doing business,

want to learn creatively and efficiently.

pertinent ones repeating a few days in a

to name a few – but they also promote

Gone are the days of the stale classroom-

row to ensure delegates aren’t missing out.

a healthier and far more educated

type streams, given up in favour of more

outlook on business work ethics.

immediate attendee gratification, and

Why it’s important

more mental stimulation in learning. This

As the world’s attention span gets

Why it’s important

might come in the form of jokes, creating

increasingly shorter (unless the content

Businesses are (finally) beginning to

dialogue or discussion around topics, or

is truly appealing) the need has arisen

sit up and pay attention to more than

doing audience votes, among other things.

to not only cut long, waffling sessions

their bottom line. They realise that

down, but also to engage in more

change is necessary and unavoidable.

Why it’s important

audience interaction. Shorter time

They want to be more sustainable and

As better content and presentations are

spans ensure that you have someone’s

inclusive. Often, however, they are

offered, a unique trend has come out of it:

full attention since they’re keen on

not sure how to go about this – hence

the increased use of CMP (Certified Meeting

absorbing as much as possible.

pertinent topics, like navigating the

Professional) points or credits. This is a huge

various forms of technology, are being

motivator for people to attend conference

introduced. It also signals that more

streams where one can work towards being

women, people of colour and of LGBTQI

an internationally-recognised meeting

What do sustainability, inclusivity,

status are participating in the events

professional. It’s also great for conferences

technology, and wellbeing have in

community and want their voices heard

as it encourages planners to look for content

common? These are the topics that are

in the same way that others are.

that can truly fulfil a delegate’s needs.

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As the world undergoes the fourth industrial revolution, business events are increasingly offering streams on how to navigate these fast-paced changes. A large part of this includes dedicated technology sessions – from tech bars and the latest tech trends to more practical advice such as hosting hybrid events, how to spend less on AV, and mitigating risk with event data. Why it’s important Not only is the older generation finding it increasingly difficult to cope and navigate this strange new world, but even younger event professionals struggle to keep up with the sheer pace of development. This creates a need for continual adjustment and education across technology, marketing and related sectors.

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6. Goodbye Gala, Hello Mixer Expensive, formal gala dinners are increasingly being phased out in favour of more relaxed networking opportunities and mixers. One of the main reasons for this change is the current global economic climate, where purse strings are incessantly being tightened. Another reason is that the delegates of today are less inclined to enjoy a formal programme when what they truly need to do is maximise face-to-face meetings. Why it’s important This may be the digital age, but there’s still nothing better than meeting people in person. An event that facilitates as many networking opportunities as possible – sometimes even between conference sessions – is always going to come out on top. Delegates need to meet in order to conduct the all-important business or outcomes that they ultimately attend your conference or exhibition for.

7. The Grouping of Events Multiple events and conferences are now pairing up to offer extra value for money and to appeal to ‘binge’ attendees. We’ve seen this happen more often over the last few years, even in southern Africa, with prime examples such as Africa Travel Week that brings ibtm africa, ILTM Africa,


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Other Trends of Note • An increased focus on health and wellbeing is apparent in the food offerings, conference streams and pre- or post-event programmes. • Cybersecurity – and security in general – is a hot topic on the cards for upcoming events, which will likely inform both destinations and the running of events. • As Destination Managers and Convention Bureaus offer similar services, there is increased pressure for differentiation and redesign. • Sexual harassment is a hot topic that continues to grow, and the events sector is an ideal stage for harassment or violence. A more active role is required to prevent such situations.

and WTM Africa together, or Food and

8. Sustainability is King

Why it’s important

Hospitality Africa, which combines Hostex,

Most exhibitions and conferences now

This pressure comes as membership declines

IFEA, Tea and Coffee Africa, The Drinks

have sustainability programmes in place,

globally, with some associations reporting

Cabinet and Contract Furnishing Africa.

as well as conference sessions catering

drops of 50% in their member base over

to those who wish to learn more about

the last decade. More consolidations are

Why it’s important

being greener in the events industry. Even

expected as associations partner and

Once again, it’s value for money. Attendees

South Africa has jumped on board with

collaborate with other organisations, as

get to widen their sales leads and broaden

a number of expos that now have Green

well as private and public sectors in an

their horizons by learning about similar

Stand Awards. The Event Greening Forum

effort to step up their member offerings.

fields to the business sector in which

has also created resource documents

they work. It also makes for an ideal

to assist trade shows in upholding the

way to partner with events that would

minimum standards for sustainable events.

As a younger, more technology-savvy

otherwise be known as competitors, allowing planners to collaborate in areas

Why it’s important

generation joins the events industry, we

they might not have considered before.

Events take a heavy toll on resources, society

will see an uptick in professionals pushing

and the environment and can generate

for change in event design and the use of

significant waste and put a strain on resources

technology in this space. An example of

like water and energy. This is why, more and

this is the introduction of facial recognition,

more, organisers are finding that it’s not only

which is predicted to make a strong entrance

more cost-efficient to create a sustainable and

into the events industry in 2018, impacting

eco-friendly event, but it also assists the local

delegate management. Augmented reality for

community and ecosystem in the long run.

sponsorship is another avenue currently being

Organisers are finding that it’s not only more cost-efficient to create a sustainable and eco-friendly event, but it also assists the local community and ecosystem in the long run.

10. Tech, Tech and More Tech

9. Associations Must Deliver

explored, while the likes of app interpreters – live translation through apps – and feedback via chatbots are quickly gaining speed.

Associations are under unprecedented pressure to deliver value to members in the

Why it’s important

21st century. This can be seen in a number

Although we may not see these trends

of new initiatives coming to the fore,

surface in Africa for several years, they will

including professional certification, hands-

undoubtedly make their way here in the short

on practice, and tangible opportunities

to medium term and it’s worth being in the

for business and development.

know when that day inevitably arrives.


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INCENTIVE STRATEGIES

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WINNING

INCENTIVE STRATEGIES L

ooking at the country through

Meaningful

the eyes of an incentive travel

“It’s all about the experience and the

Tours, notes, “Meaningful travel is not

planner reveals myriad ways to

motivation that reward travel can, and

just applicable to incentives; we see a

unpack and repackage the “South

should, deliver,” says Yolanda Woeke-Jacobs,

similar trend developing within our leisure

African experience”. South African Tourism

vice president of sales and marketing at

experiences we create. There is always

encourages incentive travel with a dedicated

Dragonfly Africa. “We are usually asked

room for quality accommodation, but the

section on its website that highlights a range

to submit the best-suited programme for

experience each programme creates and

of popular incentives as well as hidden gems.

our destination based on budget, location,

the interactive philanthropy is what makes

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence

group size and time of travel. The amount

the journeys we create memorable.”

(SITE) holds these values as important:

of input we initially get varies from client to

connections, creativity, trust and results. And

client. That’s the joy of our role, and why

incentive programmes of 2017, the best

these are what clients booking incentive or

a DMC is indispensable, thinking outside

memories came from the programmes in

reward travel are looking for. It’s a constant

the box and getting creative; pushing the

which guests got involved with the natural,

search for new ways to “reward, retain

boundaries to ensure the best possible

human and cultural experiences in each of

and motivate employees”, as SITE notes.

incentive programme for our clients.”

the destinations. Through these innovative,

Peter-John Mitrovich, CEO of Grosvenor

He says that of Grosvenor Tours


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tailored experiences guests actually left

If guests are lucky they may even see a

experiences, such as these, may require

something behind as they gave back to

whale or two in season,” she explains.

groups to be divided into smaller groups

society, nature and people in need.

Iconic

Surprise

and using smaller coaches, she adds. Dragonfly Africa notes a decline in

There has been increased focus at the major

popularity in some markets for interacting

Requests still come in for the more

trade shows like Africa’s Travel Indaba

with wild animals in a controlled

“traditional” experiences, such as safaris

on surprising and delighting visitors by

way, such as walking with lions, cub

and trips to the beach. It is a challenge to

showcasing some of the country’s hidden

petting and riding elephants. Clients

reinvent these well-worn offerings that

gems, out of the way places and unique

are increasingly aware that this is not

the country is famous for but planners are

experiences. Peter-John from Grosvenor

a natural environment experience.

all about looking at in demand locations

Tours says: “Myself and my team use our

with a fresh eye. When Yolanda from

knowledge we have from growing up in this

Personalise

Dragonfly Africa receives requests for

wonderful destination to find the little gems

Peter-John says at Grosvenor Tours they

experiences iconic to Cape Town, such

to expose our guests to, such as Darling,

are all about tailoring experiences that

as a visit to Table Mountain, wine estates

Paternoster, Sutherland, Prince Albert and

showcase the destination. He looks at why

and Cape Point, she gets creative.

many others. To know why we go there,

visitors come to the country and what the

well, you need to go and have a look.”

key differences are between where they

Yolanda finds planners are open to

come from and what is on offer in South

“We can enhance a visit to Table Mountain with a Harley-Davidson transfer. For the wine region, we try select lesser-

cultural experiences and spending time

Africa. The answer is: “Our food, our wine,

known boutique-style wineries so we

with local people. “A CSR activity is really

our music, our people, our natural beauty.”

can involve the winemaker to host the

a great way to do just that and at the same

tastings and do a cellar tour. This can be

time give back to these communities.

quality: “From the moment clients arrive

further enhanced with unique tastings

Clients get to leave a legacy behind, so it’s

in the country, the experiences should

such as chocolate pairing or even a wine

not just the experience itself but actually

be unique and not something they could

safari. At Cape Point, we take guests out

making a difference while at the same

arrange on their own. Each and every

to sea with speedboats, a totally different

time having an amazing incentive trip,”

activity should be custom designed for

way to view the Cape of Good Hope.

she says. More exclusive and intimate

their specific programme and profile.”

Yolanda urges planners to always choose


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CONFERENCES TO DIARISE IN 2018

JANUARY 25 – 26

AFRE GLOBAL SUMMIT ON ROBOTICS, AUTOMATION & INFORMATION SYSTEM Johannesburg, South Africa

31 – 02 February SOUTH AFRICAN COAL EXPORTS CONFERENCE Cape Town, South Africa

FEBRUARY 01 – 04

ARAB PAEDIATRIC MEDICAL CONGRESS Dubai, UAE

02

MINING LEADERS AFRICA SUMMIT Cape Town, South Africa

05 – 08

INVESTING IN AFRICAN MINING INDABA Cape Town, South Africa

08

AFRICA MARKETING WEEK Johannesburg, South Africa

20 – 21

AFRICA ENERGY INDABA Johannesburg, South Africa

21 – 23

DESIGN INDABA CONFERENCE Cape Town, South Africa

27 – 28

AID AND DEVELOPMENT AFRICA SUMMIT Nairobi, Kenya

28 – 02 March POWERING AFRICA SUMMIT Washington DC, USA

MARCH 01

IAB BOOKMARK AWARDS Johannesburg, South Africa

05 – 06

SEAMLESS AFRICA Cape Town

08 – 09

FINANCIAL AND RESOURCES PLANNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS Johannesburg, South Africa

09

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MUSCULOSKELETAL MEDICINE CONGRESS Dubai, UAE

www.theevent.co.za

09 – 11

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PROTEOMICS AND BIOINFORMATICS Dubai, UAE

10 – 11

SPORTS BETTING EAST AFRICA CONFERENCE Kampala, Uganda

16 – 17

SME AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

16 – 17

12 – 13

MOZAMBIQUE ASSEMBLY Maputo, Mozambique

CONGRESS AND EXPO ON BIOFUELS AND BIOENERGY Dubai, UAE

12 – 14

17 – 18

CFO AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

AVIATION AFRICA Cairo, Egypt

12 – 14

23 – 24

CRU PHOSPHATES Marrakech, Morocco

12 – 14

4TH ANNUAL CITY DEVELOPMENT Cape Town, South Africa

13 – 16

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

15 – 16

PENSION FUNDS AND ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS AFRICA Balaclava, Mauritius

26 – 28

CROSS-BORDER MINING SERVICES INDABA Johannesburg, South Africa

27 – 28

POWER & ELECTRICITY WORLD AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

APRIL 04 – 07

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL DENTISTRY CONGRESS Dubai, UAE

GLOBAL PHYSICIANS AND HEALTHCARE CONGRESS Dubai, UAE

MAY 03 – 05

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL PAEDIATRIC NEUROLOGY CONGRESS Dubai, UAE

15 – 16

AFRICAN REAL ESTATE AND INFRASTRUCTURE SUMMIT Cape Town, South Africa

15 – 16

AFRICA CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE CONGRESS Nairobi, Kenya

15 – 18

WOMEN ADVANCEMENT FORUM Abeokuta, Nigeria

JUNE 01 – 03

SAACI CONGRESS South Africa


CONFERENCES TO DIARISE IN 2018

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06 – 07

FUTURE ENERGY CENTRAL AFRICA Libreville, Gabon

10 – 12

17 – 19

POWER-GEN AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

SAPICS ANNUAL CONFERENCE Cape Town, South Africa

AUGUST

12 – 13

AFRICARAIL Johannesburg, South Africa

INTERNATIONAL FONCEREN IN CARDIOLOGY AND HEALTHCARE Abu Dhabi, UAE

12 – 14

13 – 19

AVIA DEV Cape Town, South Africa

14 – 15

EAST AFRICA OIL AND GAS SUMMIT Nairobi, Kenya

14 – 16

09 – 11

LOERIES CREATIVE WEEK Durban, South Africa

21 – 23

OIL AND GAS AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

AFRICA OIL AND GAS Lunada, Angola

SEPTEMBER

19 – 20

03 – 05

MANUFACTURING INDABA Johannesburg, South Africa

21 – 22

ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL MINING AND ENERGY CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION Lusaka, Zambia

25 – 27

WORLD NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND HEALTHCARE CONGRESS Abu Dhabi, UAE

JULY 16 – 17

GLOBAL SUMMIT ON PEDIATRICS, NEONATOLOGY Dubai, UAE

16 – 17

WORLD CONGRESS ON RADIOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY Dubai, UAE

SEAMLESS EAST AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

17 – 18

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEUROCHEMISTRY AND NEUROPHARMACY Dubai, UAE

03 – 04

WORLD 2.0 EXPO AND CONFERENCES Johannesburg, South Africa

15 – 19

WASTECON Johannesburg, South Africa

18 – 21

WORLD CONGRESS OF INTERNAL MEDICINE Cape Town, South Africa

24 – 25

INFRASTRUCTURE AFRICA Livingstone, Zambia

NOVEMBER 05 – 09

AFRICA OIL WEEK CONFERENCE Cape Town, South Africa

08

PROMAXBDA AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

08

CASINO MARKETING FORUM Johannesburg, South Africa

25 – 30

13 – 15

LAGOS STARTUP WEEK Lagos, Nigeria

LTE AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

27 – 28

19 – 21

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HYPERTENSION Abu Dhabi, UAE

OCTOBER 01 – 03

AFRICA PORTS AND RAIL EVOLUTION Durban, South Africa

02 – 04

AFRICA HOTEL INVESTMENT FORUM Nairobi, Kenya

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON PROCESS MINERALOGY Cape Town, South Africa

25 – 30

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF DIPTEROLOGY Stellenbosch, South Africa

DECEMBER 01 – 04

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ENDOCRINOLOGY Cape Town, South Africa

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EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS TO DIARISE IN 2018

JANUARY 11 – 12 MEETINGS MOROCCO Marrakech, Morocco

22 – 23 POWERTECH AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

23 – 25 MULTIMODAL WEST AFRICA Lagos, Nigeria

31 – 01 February AAXO EXHIBITION OF EXHIBITIONS Johannesburg, South Africa

13 – 15

19 – 20

NIGERIA MANUFACTURING AND EQUIPMENT EXPO Lagos, Nigeria

IBTM AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

14 – 15 EAST AFRICAN PHARMACEUTICAL EXHIBITION Nairobi, Kenya

15 – 17 CAREER INDABA Johannesburg, South Africa

21 – 22 INTERNET OF THINGS FORUM AFRICA EXHIBITION Johannesburg, South Africa

27 – 28 THE WATER SHOW AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

FEBRUARY 07 – 08

30 – 08 April THE RAND SHOW Johannesburg, South Africa

KZN CONSTRUCTION EXPO Durban, South Africa

16 – 18 CAPE TOWN ART FAIR Cape Town, South Africa

21 – 22 MY BUSINESS EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

22 – 24 DESIGN INDABA FESTIVAL Cape Town, South Africa

22 – 28 ETHIOPIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

26 – 28 MEETINGS AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

APRIL 10 – 12 TYREXPO AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

15 – 17 ILTM AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

18 – 20 SPORTS AND EVENTS TOURISM EXCHANGE Cape Town, South Africa

18 – 20 WORKING WORLD EXHIBITION Port Elizabeth, South Africa

18 – 20

MARCH

WORLD TRAVEL MARKET AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

03 – 05

18 – 20

MEDHEALTH EXPO KENYA Nairobi, Kenya

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AFRICA TRAVEL WEEK Cape Town, South Africa

27 – 01 May HUNTEX Johannesburg, South Africa

MAY 03 – 05 CHINA TRADE WEEK Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

03 – 05 BUILDEXPO AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

03 – 05 MINEXPO AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

06 – 08 FOOD AND HOSPITALITY AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

07 – 10 AFRICA’S TRAVEL INDABA Durban, South Africa

09 – 11 AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION AND TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

10 – 14 AGRIFEX ETHIOPIA Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

14 – 17 WE ARE AFRICA Cape Town

15 – 17 AFRICA UTILITY WEEK Cape Town, South Africa

17 – 19 AUTO EXPO AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

17 – 20 MAMAMAGIC THE BABY EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa


EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS TO DIARISE IN 2018

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22 – 24

29 – 01 July

SECUREX Johannesburg, South Africa

INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

29 – 31 SOLAR AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

29 – 31 OIL AND GAS EXPO EAST AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

30 – 1 June WAMPEX Accra, Ghana

JUNE 06 – 07 MARKEX / MADEX Johannesburg, South Africa

15 – 16

JULY 11 – 12

CAPE INDUSTRIAL SHOW Cape Town, South Africa

20 – 21 SOURCE AFRICA Cape Town, South Africa

21 – 25 MATEX ETHIOPIA EXPO Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

24 – 26 AFRICA HOSPITALITY WEEK Johannesburg, South Africa

24 – 26

12 – 15

19 – 20

TURBINE ART FAIR Johannesburg, South Africa

13 - 15 KENYA TRADE SHOW Nairobi, Kenya

25 – 27 POWER NIGERIA Lagos, Nigeria

WORLD OF DOGS AND CATS PET EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

OCTOBER

27 – 29

24 – 26

ELECTRONIC AND GAMING EXPO Cape Town, South Africa

AFRICAN AIR SHOW Accra, Ghana

25 – 27

AUGUST

EAST AFRICA INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXHIBITION Da es Salaam, Tanzania

15 – 18 INTERBUILD AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

22 – 23 THE WEDDING EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

SEPTEMBER 04 – 06

24 – 26

04 – 06

SAITEX AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

NIGERIA COM Lagos, Nigeria

20 – 22

AFRICA’S BIG SEVEN Johannesburg, South Africa

24 – 26

18 – 21 AUTOMECHANIKA JOHANNESBURG Johannesburg, South Africa

FOOD AND DRINK TECHNOLOGY AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

THE HOTEL SHOW AFRICA Johannesburg, South Africa

AFRICA PRINT EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

TRUCK X EXPO Johannesburg, South Africa

EDUWEEK Johannesburg, South Africa

19 – 21

FOODAGRO AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

12 – 14

29 – 30 AFRICA HEALTH Johannesburg, South Africa

04 – 06

KENYA INTERNATIONAL TRADE EXHIBITION Nairobi, Kenya

04 – 06 MEDEXPO AFRICA Nairobi, Kenya

NOVEMBER 01 – 02 SAPHEX Johannesburg, South Africa

13 – 15 AFRICA COM Cape Town, South Africa

30 – 02 December TANZANIA TRADE SHOW Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

DECEMBER 20 – 23 SARCDA INTERNATIONAL Johannesburg, South Africa

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THE ICEBERG

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THE ICEBERG –

JOIN THE REVOLUTION or monetize because they are often

about facilitating the kinds of

long term and based on things like

exchanges that are essential to

the benefits of knowledge transfer

knowledge transfer, innovation,

and relationship-building that are

collaboration and advancement that make the wheels of the world go around – and

hard to attribute to a single factor. The fact that something may be

that today are proving to be even more

difficult to precisely quantify doesn’t

important in the face of other forms of

mean it should be ignored – yet that

information delivery that require validation

is precisely what we’ve been doing

through face-to-face encounters.

for decades by focusing on delegate

The new collective view of the industry

and organiser spending and essentially

– and certainly those who actually develop

ignoring what is actually being

and carry out these events – is that such

accomplished. Today’s challenge is

outcomes are their real purpose and

shifting the spotlight onto those broader

value, however attractive the related

outcomes while still acknowledging

spending impacts may be. However, they

the major financial benefits generated

are also the most challenging to quantify

by the events we support.

Today’s challenge is shifting the spotlight onto those broader outcomes while still acknowledging the major financial benefits generated by the events we support.

A

s an industry, we are all


THE ICEBERG

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With the Iceberg, we have an industry-supported vehicle that is powerfully equipped to tell the story effectively – both as a source of information and resources to members engaged in advocacy and as a communications force in its own right, with media networks that can open up new audiences.

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We cannot possibly quantify the

With this in mind, the Joint Meetings

– events that illustrate benefits in

range of benefits arising from every

Industry Council has embarked on a project

ways that the readers and, most

event that takes place around the

to identify and document a series of

importantly, our key audiences –

world but equally obviously don’t need

representative events that illustrate those

can understand and relate to.

to. Instead, we can provide in-depth

broader economic, academic, business

analyses of representative events

and professional achievements of global

And with the Iceberg, we have an industry-

that illustrate these, and use them to

meetings, conventions and exhibitions.

supported vehicle that is powerfully

demonstrate the broader principles.

It will consist of two key components:

equipped to tell the story effectively

The events that are documented in

• First, an academic component consisting

– both as a source of information and

this manner will serve both to illustrate

of a team of university researchers

resources to members engaged in

those elusive values and as examples of

who can provide the academic rigor

advocacy and as a communications force

how others can perform similar value

we need to enhance credibility of the

in its own right, with media networks

measurements in their own events.

results and help advise organizers on

that can open up new audiences.

At the same time, they will get a great deal of attention, which will

best practices for value measurement • Secondly, a vehicle that can make

To drive all this, we turn to you, our industry members. We are now

bring appropriate credit to those who

the most of the very compelling

seeking out events that illustrate the

organised and delivered them.

“stories” that arise from the project

range of benefits our industry delivers, and in particular those that have or can be measured against their outcome objectives. With the ability we now have to support and recognise exemplary events in demonstrating their value in broader terms we are looking for partners in the corporate, professional and other association communities to work with us in assembling some rigorous studies on individual events. - Courtesy of Joachim Koenig, President - the Joint Meetings Industry Council

The Event magazine, Africa’s most widely-read businessevents publication, is the exclusive African partner of the Iceberg initiative. To learn more, or to contribute to these valuable and far-reaching case studies, contact Katie Reynolds-Da Silva katie@filmeventmedia.co.za +27 21 674 0646 James Latham © Reg Caldecott

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CONVENTION BUREAUS

Johannesburg © SA Tourism

S

outh Africa has a number of regional

Kotze-Nhlapo. The SANCB has a variety

Department of Economic Development,

convention bureaus promoting

of support services for meeting and

Tourism and Environmental Affairs

and facilitating the meetings and

event planners, and is able to assist in the

and the Ethekwini Municipality.

exhibitions industry, as well as the

bidding and facilitation process as well.

The region offers distinctive, world

National Convention Bureau (SANCB), which

class experiences for conference

attracts, oversees and facilitates the many

Head Office: Johannesburg

delegates, with eight main tourism

business events flowing into the country.

Tel: +27 (0)11 895 3000

areas for pre- and post-event tours.

Email: travel@southafrica.net

Head Office: 29 Canal Quay

Web: www.southafrica.net

Road, Ithala Trade Centre,

There are three business event hubs in South Africa, with a number of other regional emerging MICE markets. The

Durban Waterfront, 4001

by far the most popular destinations for

Cape Town and Western Cape Convention Bureau

mixing business events and leisure, while

A division of Wesgro, Cape Town and

Gauteng is a natural haven for corporate

Western Cape Convention Bureau is

meetings and exhibitions thanks to its

headed up by Corné Koch. The company

commercial hubs in Johannesburg and

promotes one of the most lucrative

Gauteng Convention and Events Bureau

Tshwane. Few other destinations offer

destinations for business events in SA.

The Gauteng Convention and Events

such a variety of meetings and incentive

Cape Town is ranked as hosting the most

Bureau (GCEB) is a subsection of the

options, with over 1 700 meeting venues,

international association events in Africa.

Gauteng Tourism Authority and is

world-class international convention

Head Office: Cape Town

headed up by Nonnie Kubeka. The

centres, top notch technology and more.

Tel: +27 (0)21 487 8632

region has seen increased growth

Email: info@wesgro.co.za

in hosting business events, and in

Web: www.wesgro.co.za/conventions

2017 hosted a number of high profile

Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal are

South Africa National Convention Bureau

Tel: +27 (0)31 366 7548 Email: info@zulu.org.za Web: www.durbankzncb.co.za

events including the UFI Congress.

together is the South Africa National

Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau

Convention Bureau, headed up by Chief

Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau is

Email: info@gauteng.net

Convention Bureau Officer Amanda

a partnership initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal

Web: www.gauteng.net

Holding the country’s regional hubs

Head Office: Johannesburg Tel: + 27 (0)11 085 2500


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INDUSTRY

ASSOCIATIONS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA

S

outhern Africa has some of the

PO Box: PostNet Suite #112, Private Bag

UFI

most well-known and active

X15, 7129 Somerset West, Western Cape

The Global Association of the Exhibition

association bodies on the continent.

Tel: +27 (0) 84 056 5544

Industry represents around 50 000 exhibition

Many of these have expanded in

Website: www.iccaworld.org

industry employees. Expo Centre CEO Craig

the last few years to offer annual events,

Newman is Vice Chair of the Middle East/

practical training, and new opportunities

SAACI

and partnerships. Here are the main

The Southern African Association for the

Regional Manager: Ibrahim Al Khaldi

associations operating in the region:

Conference Industry has a strong focus

UFI Middle East/Africa Office:

on integrity, intelligence, innovation and

Expo Centre, Sharjah, UAE

sustainability within the conferencing realm.

Tel: + (971) 6 599 1352

The Association of African Exhibition

Chief Executive Officer: Rudi van der Vyver

Email: mea@ufi.org

Organisers was formed to provide a collective

Operations Manager: Agnes Ntombela

Website: www.ufi.org

platform and representation for professional

Association Hub: 158 Jan Smuts Avenue,

exhibition organisers throughout Africa.

4th Floor East Wing, Rosebank, Gauteng

Chair: Carol Weaving

Tel: +27 (0) 11 880 5883

Head Office: Building 1, Culross on Main

Email: connect@saaci.org

Office Park, Bryanston, Office Park

Website: www.saaci.org

AAXO

Tel: +27 (0) 11 549 8300 Email: info@aaxo.co.za

SATSA

Website: www.aaxo.co.za

The Southern African Tourism Services

EXSA

Association uses its position in the sector to create credible tourism partners to

The Exhibitions and Events Association

do business with, providing members

of Southern Africa serves the exhibition

with key services and benefits.

and events industry by growing

National President and Insurance:

and developing the sector through

Gavin Courtenay

promotion, education and more.

Chief Executive Officer: David Frost

Head Office: Ground Floor, Gallagher

Head Office: 3 rd Floor, Petrob House, 343

House, Richards Drive, Midrand, Gauteng

Surrey Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg, Gauteng

Tel: +27 (0) 11 805 7272

Tel: +27 (0) 86 12 72872

Email: info@exsa.co.za

Email: pa@satsa.co.za

Website: www.exsa.co.za

Website: www.satsa.com

ICCA

SITE Southern Africa

The International Congress and Convention

The Society for International Travel

Association is the global community and

Excellence comprises 2 000 members in

knowledge hub. ICCA Africa Chapter

90 countries. SITE Southern Africa aims

often partners with local business events,

to develop the industry – particularly

adding value for regional members.

younger members in business travel.

ICCA President: Nina Freysen-Pretorius

Tel: +27 (0) 84 682 7676

ICCA African Chapter Chair: Ben Asoro

Email: info@sitesouthernafrica.com

Regional Director Africa: Esmare Steinhofel

Website: www.sitesouthernafrica.com

Africa Chapter and will be UFI President 2019.

Additional Industry Bodies • ABTA | African Business Travel Association | www.abta.co.za • ACASA | Association for Communication and Advertising | www.acasa.co.za • ACTE | Association of Corporate Travel Executives | www.acte.org • AfSAE | African Society of Association Executives | www.afsae.org • CEP Africa | Council of Event Professionals Africa | www.cepafrica.co.za • EGF | Event Greening Forum | www.eventgreening.co.za • IACC | International Association of Convention Centres | www.iacconline.org • IAEE | International Association of Exhibitions and Events | www.iaee.com • IAPCO | International Association of Professional Congress Organisers | www.iapco.org • TBCSA | Tourism Business Council of South Africa | www.tbcsa.travel


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www.theevent.co.za

ADVERTISERS COMPANY

TEL

EMAIL

WEBSITE

PAGE

+255 272 050 181

md@aicc.co.tz

www.aicc.co.tz

70, 71

+27 21 836 8315

rjacobs@iliosconf.co.za

www.iliosconf.co.za

49

The Conference Company

+27 31 303 9852

info@confco.co.za

www.confco.co.za

52

Turners Conferences

+27 31 368 8000

gills@turnersconferences.co.za

www.turnersconferences.co.za

53

KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau

+27 31 366 7580

james@durbankzncb.co.za

www.durbankzncb.co.za

12

South Africa National Convention Bureau

+27 11 895 3000

convention@southafrica.net

www.businessevents.southafrica.net

22, 23, 24, 25

+27 11 219 5600

info@dragonfly.co.za

www.dragonfly.co.za

48

On Show Solutions

+27 11 431 4126

ideas@onshowsolutions.co.za

www.onshowsolutions.co.za

50

Special Events

+27 21 788 2488

info@specialevents.co.za

www.specialevents.co.za

55

+27 82 433 8687

lorin@lorinbowen.co.za

www.lorinbowen.co.za

50

ef-gsm@ef-gsm.co.za

www.ef-gsm.co.za

17

+27 86 193 7625

info@barmotion.co.za

www.barmotion.co.za

54

+27 43 736 3019

tourismunit@buffalocity.gov.za

www.bctourism.co.za

64, 65

ministerk@atkv.org.za

www.atkvresorts.co.za

6

Conference Centre and Events Arusha Conference Centre Conference Management ILIOS Conferencing Conference Organisers

Convention Bureaus

Destination Management Organisation Dragonfly Africa Event Management

Event Organiser Lorin Bowen

Freight Forwarding and Drayage Services Exhibition Freighting GSM

+27 21 552 7248

Mobile Bars, Hospitality & Events Barmotion Region Buffalo City

Resort and Conference Marketing ATKV Resorts

+27 11 919 9056


ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY

www.theevent.co.za

COMPANY

97

TEL

EMAIL

WEBSITE

PAGE

+27 21 410 5000

info@cticc.co.za

www.cticc.co.za

32, 33

Cape Town Stadium

+27 21 417 0120

info.capetownstadium@capetown.gov.za

www.capetown.gov.za

20

Expo Centre

+27 11 494 1920

info@expocentre.co.za

www.expocentre.co.za

1, 36, 37, Outside Back Cover

Johannesburg Stock

+27 11 520 7131

companyservices@jse.co.za

www.jse.co.za

41

Sandton Convention Centre

+27 11 779 0000

scc.info@tsogosun.com

www.saconvention.co.za

38, 39

Two Oceans Aquarium

+27 21 418 3823

matthew.kopke@aquarim.co.za

www.aquarium.co.za

45

Aquila Private Game Reserve

+27 21 430 7260

corporate@aquilasafari.com

www.aquilasafari.com

28, 29

Century City Conference Centre and Hotel

+27 21 204 8000

events@ccconferencecentre.co.za

www.ccconferencecentre.co.za

30, 31

Champagne Sports Resort

+27 36 468 8000

conference@champagnesportsresort.com

www.champagnesportsresort.com

40

Emperors Palace

+27 11 928 1209

evanrhyn@emperorspalace.com

www.emperorspalace.com

34, 35

NH The Lord Charles Hotel

+27 21 855 1040

j.siziwa@nh-hotels.co.za

www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-capetown-the-lord-charles

Inside Front Cover

Pumula Beach Hotel

+27 39 684 6717

reservations@pumulabeachhotel.co.za

www.pumulabeach.co.za

43

Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre

+250 252 253 253

info.kigali@radissonblu.com

www.radissonblu.com

2

Spier

+27 21 809 1100

conference@spier.co.za

www.spier.co.za

44

Sun Central

+27 14 557 1000

mathews.sekoto@suninternational.com

www.suninternational.com

4

The Maslow

+27 10 226 4600

maslow.conference@suninternational.com

www.suninternational.com/maslow

42

Venue Cape Town International Convention Centre

Exchange

Venue & Hospitality


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www.theevent.co.za

DIRECTORY

OF PCOs AND EVENT ORGANISERS COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

360 Degrees Production House Pty Ltd

+27 11 782 1663

info@360degrees.co.za

Accommodation Options Events

+27 12 991 6280

stefmare@accomoptions.co.za

AdP Travel Management

+27 82 857 2806

amanda@adptravel.co.za

Africa Congress Co-Ordinators

+27 11 894 2706

esme@healthyeye.co.za

African Agenda

+27 21 683 2934

keith@africanagenda.com

African Diversity Trading and Projects (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 039 7979

eric@africandiversity.co.za

African Training Institute (ATI)

+27 12 320 6818

pg@africantraining.co.za

Amadi Institute of Management and Technology

+27 11 312 3774

info@amadiafrica.com

American Express Meetings & Events

+27 11 790 0276

carla.human@amextravel.co.za

Annette Ashley & Associates

+27 21 685 6461

annette@annetteashley.co.za

Anzomode (Pty) Ltd

+27 79 104 5510

sandile@anzomode.co.za

ATC African Travel Concept Pty Ltd

+27 21 426 0032

astreich@atc-sa.co.za

Atlantic Beach Management Pty Ltd

+27 21 553 2223

functions@atlanticbeach.co.za

Atlantic Events (Pty) Ltd

+27 82 808 0999

antony@atlanticevents.co.za

Atlantis Corporate Travel

+27 11 656 0809

marinoss@atlantiscorporate.co.za

AV and Beyond CC

+27 11 025 9400

warren@avandbeyond.co.za

Avatar Marketing ta Shift

+27 11 465 4764

delight@shiftideas.co.za

Ayize Events And Conferences

+27 11 234 4636

lucian@ayizeevents.co.za

Baagisane

+27 12 347 8957

admin@baagisane.co.za

Basilmin Trading cc

+27 11 265 2000

martin@basilmin.co.za

Batsumi Travel (Pty) Ltd

+27 12 762 3500

lisa@batsumitravel.co.za

Beach and Bush Team Building

+27 31 266 9221

sean@beachandbush.co.za

Bestgrovers Trading & Project 122 CC

+27 78 156 0964

bestgrovers@webmail.co.za

BE-SURE Events Solutions (Pty) Ltd

+27 71 677 7213

sammy@besurevents.co.za

Black Tower Consulting Group

+27 12 003 3245

info@blacktower.co.za

Blackmagic Consulting (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 780 0600

zandile@blackmagic.co.za

Blue Moon Corporate Communications

+27 11 721 4700

info@bluemoon.co.za

Blue Platinum Events

+27 11 807 2341

lee@blueplatinumevents.co.za

Book24 South Africa

+27 82 357 0729

info@booksouthafrica.travel

Brand Evolution

+27 12 346 5051

adrienne@brandevolution.biz

Brooklyn Guesthouses

+27 12 362 1728

info@brooklynguesthouses.co.za

BVB 190604 Projects

+27 11 205 0334

bvbprojects@gmail.com


DIRECTORY

www.theevent.co.za

COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

By Design Africa Group (Pty)Ltd

+27 11 282 0895

events@bydesignafrica.com

Cape AgriTours

+27 21 887 4257

info@capeagritours.co.za

Cape Conferences & Travel

+27 21 946 1062

confer4@cape-conferences.co.za

Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

+27 21 460 3518

venskee@cput.ac.za

CAPEMOTION HELMSBRISCOE

+27 21 790 2190

desiree@capemotion.com

Carla Rossouw t/a Vespasian Consulting

+27 82 453 8223

carla@carlarossouw.com

Carlamani Conference and Events Pty Ltd

+27 83 376 2368

carla@carlamani.co.za

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

+27 21 446 2600

sjohnston@carlsonwagonlit.co.za

Cebisa Conferences

+27 21 671 7670

lesley@cebisaconferences.co.za

Centeq Events cc

+27 21 910 1913

chantal@allevents.co.za

Change Strategies consulting Services

+27 11 655 7014

thelma@changestrategies.co.za

Chocolate Orange CC

+27 86 128 8865

sarah@chocolateorange.co.za

Chris Prieto, CMP Event Management & Consultancy

+27 83 778 2644

prieto@mweb.co.za

CIMGlobal

+27 11 465 6402

sal@CIMGlobal.net

Circa Events & Hospitality

+27 11 579 2900

kenneth@circa.co.za

Coega Development Corporation

+27 41 405 7700

ridwaan.davids@coega.co.za

Colourworks (Pty) Ltd

+27 21 447 1045

samantha@colourworks.co.za

Conference Call

+27 11 312 1762

events@confcall.co.za

Conference Complete

+27 21 913 4893

sandra@conferencecomplete.co.za

Conference Consultancy

+27 12 349 2301

corne@confsa.co.za

Conference Co-ordinators

+27 11 789 6836

renee@confcord.co.za

Conference Excellence

+27 86 111 4621

retha@conferex.co.za

Conference Link

+26 46 125 1014

ms@conferencelink.com.na

Conference SA

+27 32 946 0028

tracy.singh@conferencesa.com

Conferences et al

+27 83 261 0207

deidre@iafrica.com

Confinitive Pty Ltd ta Embassy Events and Conferences

+27 21 424 6644

cheryl@singergroup.co.za

ConsultUS Pty Limited

+27 21 938 9245

csnyman@sun.ac.za

Core Competency

+27 11 462 4014

melanie@corecompetency.co.za

Corporate Worx

+27 12 653 7112

corporateworxdistributors@gmail.com

Creative Incentives Pty Ltd

+27 11 463 0759

geoff@creativeincentives.co.za

Crocia Events (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 312 5602

info@crociaevents.co.za

Custom Conference

+27 21 851 5623

admin@customconference.co.za

Cut to Black Media

+27 11 482 3580

sesi@cut2black.co.za

C-West Communications

+27 82 885 3399

claire@agentc.co.za

Dlamini Weil Communications

+27 11 784 6582

mbali@dwcs.co.za

Dreamcatcher

+27 11 447 5655

mendoza@dreammultimedia.co.za

Duma Travel Pty Ltd

+27 86 000 4298

ciskam@dumatravel.co.za

Dynamic Congress Organising & Management (Pty) Ltd

+27 12 667 1998

christitruter@me.com

Eastern Sun Events

+27 41 374 5654

tanya@easternsun.co.za

EBS Conferences and Functions

+27 31 765 5835

nfeldon@mweb.co.za

ECHO

+27 21 709 0290

jane@ec-ho.co.za

EnOv8 Event Management

+27 74 172 0470

nicole@enov8.co.za

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COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

EQS Events Management PTY Ltd

+27 11 675 7533

margaret@eqseventmanagement.co.za

esp Afrika Pty Ltd

+27 21 671 0506

eva@espafrika.com

Event Options

+27 11 783 3887

larna@eventoptions.co.za

Event Solutions

+27 31 564 0664

karen@eventsolutionskzn.co.za

Events by Anne (Pty) Ltd

+27 33 346 1126

anne@ebya.co.za

Expo Promotions

+27 21 424 1801

expopro@iafrica.com

FaB Branding

+27 21 551 3905

info@fab-branding.co.za

First Choice Conferences and Events

+27 86 176 1201

lethea@first-choice.co.za

Fullserve Services (Pty) Ltd

+27 10 593 1926

tenders@fullserve.co.za

Funama

+27 86 111 1471

masetha@funama.co.za

Going Africa Conferencing

+27 73 435 0886

kathy@goingafricaconferencing.com

Gold Pride Events

+27 31 765 6125

dalphene@gmail.com

Greensleeves at Camelot

+27 31 765 9400

greensleeves@camelotcastle.co.za

Greyspot Consult and Tour Operators

+27 71 996 6343

chris.greyspotconsult@gmail.com

Greyville Convention Centre

+27 82 820 9473

terrilyng@goldcircle.co.za

Grindrod Travel

+27 31 301 1225

sum@grindrodtravel.co.za

Grosvenor Conferences

+27 21 460 4888

peter-john.mitrovich@grosvenortours.com

Hatfield Travel Pty Ltd

+27 12 991 2845

adrie@hatfieldtravel.co.za

Hiside Group

+27 11 803 9775

john@teambuild.co.za

Houston Travel Marketing Services

+27 12 665 0896

derek@houstonmarketing.co.za

ICE Solution

+27 11 911 1921

tracey@icesolution.co.za

ICO Conferences & Events

+27 21 794 2369

ireneochem@icoconferences.com

Idea Lab Pty Ltd

+27 11 880 0058

greg@idealabevents.co.za

Ikhono Communications cc

+27 87 490 1098

bongiwe@ikhono.co.za

ILIOS Conference

+27 21 836 8315

rjacobs@iliosconf.co.za

Imagine Events

+27 21 856 0163

greylind@mweb.co.za

Immaculate Events & Conferences Pty Ltd

+27 21 824 2886

marieta@immaculateevents.co.za

Impact Incentives & Events

+27 21 763 3800

tamrynv@impact-incentives.co.za

Inard Training & Development

+27 82 070 9774

thoko@inardtraining.com

Indaba Global Travel

+27 31 941 4013

petro@indabaglobal.co.za

Inkanyezi Event Organisers

+27 41 363 0310

andrew@inkanyezi.co.za

Inono Events Co- Ordination

+27 31 503 3796

du@nompumelelo.org.za

Intelligent Africa Marketing and Training

+27 12 997 7676

annemarie@intelligentafrica.com

Into Africa

+27 21 430 2060

alex@intoafrica.co.za

Jacaranda Events (Pty) Ltd

+27 12 327 0046

ricky@jacarandaevents.co.za

Jellyfish Catering and Event Management

+27 31 564 8034

tarannum@jellyfishcatering.co.za

JOBE Creatives (Pty) Ltd

+27 31 776 4945

langa@jobecreatives.co.za

Jukwaa Group

+27 12 667 2074

r.walker@jukwaa.net

Just Fab Conference & Events

+27 11 807 9876

fabio@justfabevents.co.za

Just Identification System

+27 72 607 4940

ross@gelevents.co.za

Kenzo Events

+27 82 646 1429

nafeesa@kenzoevents.co.za

Keyside Conferencing & Events

+27 21 434 3422

shirley@keyside.co.za


DIRECTORY

www.theevent.co.za

COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

Kezzy Pty Ltd

+27 18 295 3287

nzo.zukiswa@gmail.com

KGOMOMONARENG Travel Pty Ltd ta KMM Travel

+27 11 483 1090

kabelo@kmmtravel.co.za

Kikuyu Africa Conferencing

+27 12 660 3179

margaret@kikuyuafrica.com

Lets Settle Our Dues Corporation (Pty) Ltd

+27 12 661 3100

bianca@lesett.com

Limpopo Event Co-ordinators

+27 15 291 3428

clara@lecevents.co.za

Litha Communications Pty Ltd

+27 11 484 7663

beaulah@lithacommunications.co.za

Livewired

+27 10 593 0441

robert@livewired.co.za

Liz Letebele

-

letebeleliz@gmail.com

LogiKal Event Management

+27 31 312 6121

neero@logikalevents.co.za

Lounge Around (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 312 4684

reception@loungearound.co.za

Lutluxe Lifestyle Brands

+27 31 303 4090

info@bloommarketing.co.za

Luxury Productions cc t/a Event Affairs

+27 21 671 4994

megan@eventaffairs.co.za

Magic Travel

+27 12 341 4207

george@mtravel.co.za

Magna Skills

+27 12 803 3155

dennis@magnaskills.com

Mahuma Group (Pty) Ltd

+27 12 663 1674

info@mahuma.co.za

Makulu Events

+27 31 261 1136

ayanda@makuluevents.co.za

Marcel Oudejans

+27 83 229 9550

marcel.oudejans@performmarketing.co.za

Mason Company

+27 11 325 2605

mason@masonco.co.za

Matshezi Productions (Pty) Ltd

+27 83 289 5176

mala@mqandagroup.com

Mavi Travel & Conference

+27 15 291 4777

ncic@absamail.co.za

MCI South Africa t/a Ovation Destination Management

+27 21 250 0610

rashid.toefy@mci-group.com

Milla SA

+27 21 556 9253

tatenda@millasa.co.za

Milzet Consulting Services

+27 11 493 8471

milzet2001@gmail.com

Mirchee

+27 21 705 7338

cindy@mirchee.co.za

Monakaladi Guest Lodge T/A Monakaladi Travels

+27 18 381 3789

emily@enr.co.za

Moshate Media CC

+27 11 514 0200

info@moshatemedia.co.za

Namanje Events Solutions (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 931 0072

moses@namanjevents.co.za

Ndalo Media

+27 11 300 6742

info@ndalomedia.com

NT Events Management

+27 11 066 8526

winniem@ntevents.co.za

Off The Wall Events

+27 11 784 1116

charmaine@offthewallevents.co.za

Omni Africa

+27 11 209 1700

newbusiness1@omni4africa.com

Omphemetse Consulting

+27 82 757 0317

makatz75@icloud.com

On Show Solutions

+27 11 431 4126

amanda@onshowsolutions.co.za

On Show Solutions

+27 11 431 4126

jacqui@onshowsolutions.co.za

One World Media

+27 71 383 9749

reginald@goinglive.co.za

Onscreen Presentations TA Onscreen Conferences & Events

+27 21 448 3501

jolandi@onscreenav.co.za

Party Animal Production cc ta NUNGU

+27 82 390 6963

tebogo@nunguonline.co.za

Petals

+27 21 448 7528

flower@petalsgroup.co.za

Phambili African Events cc

+27 11 616 6073

gill@phambiliafricanevents.co.za

Phoenix ICE Solutions

+27 11 024 2565

manisha@phoenixbiz.co.za

PIE Management

+27 21 530 6060

jenni@piemanagement.co.za

Plan Ahead Conferences

+27 31 572 2181

megan@plansa.co.za

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www.theevent.co.za

COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

PMG Events and Promotions

+27 31 207 3062

gugu@pmgevents.co.za

Polka Dots t/a Forever Friday

+27 41 373 0427

mercia@foreverfriday.co.za

Portfolio of Resorts

+27 11 478 2991

natashab@portfolioresorts.co.za

Potters Hand Activations Pty Ltd

+27 11 794 6910

katja@pottershand.co.za

Private Safaris

+27 21 528 2200

lucinda.keefer@privatesafaris.com

Proactive Public Relations

+27 31 303 7505

zama@proactivepr.co.za

Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 467 5011

guido@puregrit.co.za

Qwalety Group

+27 76 084 4994

lea.zini@telkomsa.net

Ramathesele Media and Communications CC

+27 11 486 0556

ayesha@izwimultimedia.co.za

RBJ Marketing Solutions

+27 10 591 2867

marketing@rbjmarketing.com

Redlight Entertainment

+27 11 334 8777

dumi@redlightent.co.za

Regional Centre for Training & Development

+27 12 755 7066

info@rctd.co.za

Renele Travel and Conferencing

+27 12 741 7870

mmabatho@reneletravel.co.za

Reynolds Travel Centre

+27 11 812 6800

heather@reynolds.co.za

RieGo Consulting

+27 83 457 3280

riego.consulting@gmail.com

Ripcord Promotions

+27 11 482 2835

estelle@ripcord.za.com

RPB Conference & Event Management CC

+27 12 991 6637

richard@organisers.co.za

RPM Events & Decor Company

+27 12 323 9107

rakgadi@rpmevents.co.za

SA Resort Services

+27 11 888 7786

marinda@saresortservices.co.za

Sadmon Projects and Consulting

+27 11 339 1000

cyril.sadiki@sadmon.com

SAIL Rights Commercialisation

+27 11 347 1300

helene@sail.co.za

Savanna Skills

+27 12 345 5877

sonette@savannaskills.co.za

SAVETCON

+27 12 346 1150

petrie@savetcon.co.za

Scatterlings Conferences & Events

+27 11 463 5085

rowan@soafrica.com

Sebastians Conferencing

+27 82 969 2520

vsebastian04@gmail.com

Services Plus International

+22 52 247 5487

info@spi.ci

Shidila Trading Enterprise

+27 82 372 8604

masokor@msn.com

Sibylle Rutherford Promotions & Tourism

+27 21 686 3208

ruther@zsd.co.za

Simplified IT Services

+27 86 174 6759

fahmi@simplified-it.co.za

SK nineteen76 Travel and Conferences

+27 12 656 7986

stella@nineteen76travel.co.za

Songhai Tourism & Events Pty Ltd

+27 21 911 2264

janak@songhaievents.com

Southern Cross Conferences

+27 21 683 5106

gwyn@scconferences.com

Spintelligent

+27 21 700 3500

le-ann.hare@spintelligent.com

Sunwa River Lodge (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 431 2040

reservations@sunwa.co.za

Syner-G Marketing and Events

+27 82 337 3734

j_mac@mweb.co.za

Synergy Business Events (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 476 5104

lorin@synergybe.co.za

TakeNoteEvent Management Co.

+27 83 279 5920

joey@takenoteevents.co.za

Tanzania Conference Services Ltd

+255 713 329 923

md@events.co.tz

Tanzanite and Sapphire

+27 31 830 5470

sena@tands.co.za

TechnoScene Pty Ltd

+27 12 807 0869

thereza@technoscene.co.za

Terra Nova Tours

+27 21 448 9965

christine@terra-nova.co.za

The Collection by Liz McGrath

+27 21 794 2137

sales3@collectionmcgrath.com

The Conference Company

+27 31 303 9852

nina@confco.co.za

The Diamond Works

+27 21 425 1970

dwpr1@tjd.co.za


DIRECTORY

www.theevent.co.za

COMPANY

TELEPHONE

EMAIL

The Green Room Designs CC

+27 41 581 8903

patsi@greenroom.co.za

The Media House Production cc

+27 11 326 1977

tenda@mediahouse.za.com

The Paragon Group

+27 87 470 0365

sscheepers@paragong.com

The Sharks (Pty) Ltd

+27 31 308 8400

dave@thesharks.co.za

The Source PR & Event Management

+27 87 940 2538

vanessa@thesourcepr.co.za

The Success Company

+27 31 903 6136

jenny@successco.co.za

Thoughtfire

+27 31 569 5988

pravina@thoughtfire.co.za

Thundermark Pty Ltd

+27 11 679 3344

eleanor@thundermark.co.za

TKO Promotions (PTY) Ltd

+27 12 549 0375

lebo@tkopromotions.co.za

Tourvest Destination Management

+27 21 525 2500

jabrahams@tourvestdm.com

Transelevate Trading And Projects

+27 83 290 8220

enquiries@transelevate.co.za

Travel with Flair Conferencing & Events

+27 12 424 3300

johannam@twf.co.za

TravelPeople

+27 21 975 5377

louise@travelpeople.co.za

Travkor Africa Pty Limited

+27 11 883 7803

nicholasl@travkor.co.za

Tribal Meetings Pty Limited

+27 21 697 0436

nadia@tribalmeetings.co.za

Tsebo Outsourcing Group- Fedics

+27 21 595 8300

jpather@fedics.co.za

Tshepang Marketing Solutions cc

+27 13 656 6744

tshepang@iburst.co.za

Turners Conferences & Conventions

+27 31 368 8000

info@turnersconferences.co.za

UCT Conference Management Centre

+27 21 406 6167

deidre.raubenheimer@uct.ac.za

Ukweza Holdings Pty Ltd

+27 11 051 4296

ryan@foodheroes.co.za

Umfana Conferences & Events Management

+27 21 911 0598

clarissa.carsten@umfana.co.za

Unlimited Events Decor CC

+27 12 644 1115

alastairl@unlimitedevents.co.za

urbantonic

+27 21 713 4439

michelle@urbantonic.co.za

UTHO Capital (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 234 1380

matildahz@utho.co.za

Velocity Vision (Pty) Ltd

+27 11 894 1278

jan@velocityvision.co.za

Venue Finders

+27 11 442 1020

thandi@venuefinders.co.za

Venues for Conferences in Africa

+27 31 764 0059

info@venues.co.za

Vusisizwe Marketing Solutions

+27 31 563 4001

vusi@vusis.co.za

Wedj Mice

+27 82 448 0667

marketing@wedjmice.co.za

Where Next ?

+27 11 463 7307

cheryl@wherenext.co.za

Wintertide Trading 139 CC TA Colour Of Africa

+27 12 997 5672

shawn@coloursofafrica.co.za

Witch & Wizard Productions

+27 11 465 6066

ian@witchwizard.co.za

Workshops Anonymous CC

+27 12 661 9229

roz@workshopsanon.co.za

World Wide Mice Pty Ltd

+27 31 825 4892

ngubane@worldwidemice.co.za

WRXGRP (PTY) Ltd t/a Worx Group

+27 11 646 3223

solly@wrxgrp.co.za

XL Millennium Travel

+27 21 590 7900

lindab@millenniumtravel.co.za

XL NEXUS Travel

+27 11 486 9000

nerinet@nexustravel.co.za

Ya Batho Travel and Events Management

+27 12 252 5884

yabatho@webmail.co.za

Yeptee Management Company

+27 73 913 0641

tndlovu@yeptee.co.za

Zanenza Holdings

+27 11 886 3775

vuyani@zanenza.co.za

ZenOne Productions (Pty) Limited

+27 11 658 1356

audri@zenone.co.za

Z-Zone Event Solutions

+27 11 466 6336

liz@zzone.co.za

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